FORMER Giants favourite Steve McNamara is desperate to see Bradford Bulls triumph in Sunday's big McAlpine Stadium Super League clash - in order to get some peace and quiet!
The new Bradford Bulls assistant coach admits he is delighted at the way the Giants have started the season following his departure from Huddersfield at the end of the previous campaign.
But he is determined to see the Bulls end the Giants' unbeaten start to the season, and silence some of his old pals in the process.
"On Sunday night my telephone was red-hot and the text messages were flooding into my mobile at monotonous regularity," he revealed.
"And almost everyone of them was from the Huddersfield boys!
"I'm absolutely delighted that the Giants are through to the Challenge Cup quarter-final and have been handed such a favourable draw.
"But I just wish they would give me some piece and quiet!
"Yes, I know the Giants are still in the competition and the Bulls were knocked out in the fourth round. But I don't need the likes of Stanley Gene reminding me of the fact at every opportunity!
"Stanley remains one of my best mates, but right now he's really testing our friendship!
"That also applies to a lot of the other guys at Huddersfield. They're a great bunch and it was a privilege to have played alongside them.
"But on Sunday afternoon, that counts for nothing. Keeping them quiet on the field and then in the bar after the match is all that matters.
"To be honest, after all the digs they've given me over the past few weeks, I don't think I could stand any more!"
But McNamara knows that will be no easy task.
With Huddersfield and St Helens the only teams to remain unbeaten in the Cup and in Super League, the former goalkicking loose-forward is braced for the toughest of tests.
"We're expecting a tougher test than we received against Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge at the McAlpine last month," he added.
"We obviously triumphed against the Australians and we're desperate to triumph against the Giants, because we do genuinely feel this will be our hardest examination so far.
"The Giants are clearly a team in form, they are playing well and their confidence will be sky high.
"I also know how much talent there is in this Huddersfield squad, so I do know they will pose a very serious threat.
"I really am glad for an awful lot of people that the Giants are doing so well this year, and I would love to see them reach the Challenge Cup final.
"Jon Sharp is already doing a fantastic job, continuing the hard work put in by Tony Smith and the players.
"And I would also like to think that in some small way I contributed to the success the Giants are now enjoying.
"But for this weekend I hope they do come temporarily off the rails.
"The enforced lay-off at the weekend due to our early Challenge Cup exit has enabled a lot of the boys to get over their bumps and bruises.
"They have trained really hard over the last week-and-a-half and I'm sure that on Sunday they'll be in pretty good shape.
"We produced a good second half at Wakefield the other week, and we'll be looking to continue that form at the McAlpine on Sunday.
"It has all the ingredients for a real top-class contest, and I'm sure there will be a big turn-out from both sets of fans on the day.
"It should be a great occasion."