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Huddersfield Giants ready for Sunday's Challenge Cup draw

ALL Huddersfield Giants ears will be pinned to BBC Radio Five Live on Sunday for the draw for the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

ALL Huddersfield Giants ears will be pinned to BBC Radio Five Live on Sunday for the draw for the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

It takes place on the Colin Murray Show at 1.30pm and features all 14 engage Super League clubs for the first time.

Making the draw will be former Bradford, Wigan, Crusaders and Great Britain boss Brian Noble and BBS sports correspondent George Riley.

In addition to the fourth-round draw, Murray will also host a rugby league show immediately after the draw, with reaction from Super League coaches, players and special guests in the studio.

The fourth-round ties take place on the weekend of May 7 and 8.

Only four Super League clubs will listen to the draw before preparing to do battle, with Bradford ready to host Castleford, and Warrington entertaining Harlequins.

That’s because four top-flight fixtures take place tonight and Leeds face St Helens tomorrow.

In this evening’s games, former Wales and British Lions three-quarter Gareth Thomas will be hoping to celebrate his first anniversary in rugby league with a far better game than on his debut.

Thomas was badly shaken from his first carry after crashing into Catalan Dragons’ France international prop David Ferriol and was forced to cut short his debut within half-an-hour after taking another big hit.

The Crusaders won the game 14-6 and, although Thomas (pictured right) has painful memories, he has no regrets and is relishing the prospect of taking on Ferriol and company in Wrexham again.

“I had a crash course in rugby league and obviously it wasn’t enough for me,” he said of that Friday night at the Racecourse Ground.

“It has been tougher than I expected. When you watch it on telly you don’t quite appreciate the full physicality of it and the hard work that goes in to it.

“But it has been fantastic. I’m part of a great team with a great bunch of boys and I couldn’t hope to be in a better place right now.”

Meanwhile, Willie Mason will play his second game for Hull KR against Salford City Reds at the Willows, while Wakefield hope for an against-all-odds success at Hull FC.

 

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