VICTORIOUS Huddersfield Giants are massive favourites to reach the semi-final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in 33 years!
Delight at beating Doncaster Dragons 36-12 in yesterday's fifth round clash at the McAlpine quickly turned to joy when the Giants were drawn at home to National League II York City Knights - shock 29-26 winners at Featherstone - in the quarter-finals on the weekend of March 27 and 28.
Coach Jon Sharp's side have been handed by far the easiest passage into the last four, with the only other non-Super League side, Whitehaven, at home to Warrington in one of the BBC Grandstand televised games on the Sunday.
In the other ties, Wigan entertain Wakefield and St Helens host Hull (also on TV).
This makes the Giants the clearest favourites to reach the semi-finals, something they haven't achieved since April 3, 1971 when they were beaten 10-4 by Leigh at Wigan.
But already, cautious coach Sharp, whose side beat French side Pia in round four before beating National League I team Doncaster yesterday, is warning his players not to get too carried away.
"It's obviously another good draw for us, and I really couldn't have asked for anything more," he said.
"But if we need reminding about what a tough test it could be, all we have to do is think about yesterday.
"We went into the Doncaster game as clear favourites, but the Dragons showed a lot of spirit and passion.
"They made us work really hard and we couldn't afford to switch off at any stage in the tie, because we knew what the consequences could be.
"It'll be no different against York.
"I've known their coach, Richard Agar, for about 20 years and he'll have done his homework on us by the time the game comes along.
"They will be a well-organised side and they have made some good signings. Their win at Featherstone yesterday proved that.
"However, this tie is all about us.
"I can assure everyone there will be no complacency and no talk of semi-finals in our build-up.
"I know it's the oldest cliche in the book, but we really will be taking one game at a time.
"And right now, there's the small matter of entertaining Bradford Bulls next Sunday to think about first.
"That's a match that will obviously re-focus all our thoughts."