EXCITED Giants star David Fa’alogo can’t wait to taste a Challenge Cup atmosphere for the first time.
The fit-again New Zealand World Cup winner will line up for Huddersfield in the back-row tomorrow as the Giants open their 2010 Cup campaign at home to fellow Super League side Hull KR (1.45) in the fourth round.
The Giants are desperate to make a return to Wembley after suffering a 25-16 defeat to Warrington Wolves in last year’s final.
Close-season signing Fa’alogo knows how much his teammates enjoyed last season’s thrilling march to the final of rugby league’s most famous knockout competition.
And the former South Sydney star admits he’s relishing the chance to sample some Cup-tie magic for himself.
“I absolutely love playing in front of the English crowds in Super League. The noise they can generate is awesome,” said Fa’alogo.
“But everyone tells me the atmosphere at Challenge Cup games can be even better, so I can’t wait.
“This is knockout footy, with no margin for error, and I’m sure that’s what makes it so special.
“We don’t have a competition like this back home, but everyone who comes over here says how good it is, and I think I’ll feel the same way.
“I stayed up to watch the Giants playing in last year’s final, and even though I was in Australia I could get a sense of how big it is.
“If I was to play at Wembley I’m sure it would be right up there with how I felt when we (New Zealand) beat Australia in the World Cup final two years ago.”
But at this stage Fa’alogo, who made a successful return to action following a hamstring injury in last Friday’s 24-0 win over Castleford, is just focusing on Hull KR.
“It will be tough, and we can’t look too far ahead. We have to be at our best for this one,” he added.