HUDDERSFIELD Giants will have to win the Challenge Cup the hard way.
After comfortable knock-out wins at home to National League II team York City Knights and at struggling Salford City Reds, coach Jon Sharp's men face an away trip to Bradford Bulls in the quarter-finals.
The Sunday showdown, June 10, which will be screened live on the BBC at 2.15, presents the Giants with a massive challenge as they bid to reach a second successive final.
Huddersfield haven't beaten Bradford since they secured a 20-13 triumph in a Yorkshire Cup second round clash on August 24, 1980.
The Giants have lost all 20 Super League games against the Bulls as the two teams gear-up for Friday's big battle at the Galpharm (8.00).
That League clash will give the fans a hint of what to expect when the sides lock horns in the Cup encounter three weeks later, although Sharp admits a lot could change between now and then.
"Our immediate focus is obviously Friday's Super League game against the Bulls," said Sharp.
"But the fact we've drawn each other in the quarter-final clearly adds a little extra spice to that fixture.
"I don't believe it will have any actual bearing on what happens when we go over there for the Cup game.
"But what I do know is that this is a tough draw for us.
"We know we face a massive task in our bid to keep our Cup adventure going, and that we'll go into the tie as underdogs.
"We're happy to accept that tag, just like we were when we beat Leeds at Bradford's ground in the semi-final last season.
"It goes without saying that we would have preferred a home tie, but we all know that if we're going to win the Cup we have to beat the top teams, and Bradford are a top team.
"But we know if we can maintain our form, we'll give it a good go!"