Giants get their reward in Challenge Cup
HUDDERSFIELD Giants have been handed a golden opportunity to take their place in the last eight of the Challenge Cup.
Their reward for a stunning second-half display that served up a 42-16 win over Hull FC at the KC Stadium is a home fifth round draw against struggling Co-operative Championship club Swinton Lions on the weekend of April 27-29.
The Lions, who are the second lowest ranking side remaining in the competition, are currently fielding brothers Ritchie and Darren Hawkyard, who have both featured for amateur club Slaithwaite Saracens.
But even though the Lions, who have won just one of their opening four Championship fixtures, will be huge underdogs, Giants coach Nathan Brown intends to treat his opponents with the utmost respect.
“We don’t know much about Swinton at this stage, but we’ll definitely be getting some tapes and having a good look at them,” said Brown.
“But in Steve McCormack they have a coach who has a lot of experience. He’s a good bloke and I’m sure he’ll bring a well-prepared team to the Galpharm.
“But, overall, we’ve got to be happy with the draw. We’ve avoided a Super League side, which would have been a tougher draw, and we’ll be at home.
“Playing at home is always a bonus, and playing the Cup tie in front of our supporters will be great.”
Three times Challenge Cup winners – though their most recent success was in 1928 – reached the last 16 with a 70-10 win over Championship I outfit Gateshead, with former Super League Dream Team winger Kevin Penny their most recognisable figure.