ST HELENS head coach Ian Millward insists his side have another tough obstacle to overcome before they can dream of a Millennium Stadium final.
Millward's Saints will start their clash against the Giants as red-hot favourites to reach the Cardiff final, with Huddersfield wearing the outsiders tag.
While the Giants have beaten French club Pia and National League sides Doncaster and York - all at the McAlpine - to make the last four, Saints have reached the semi-finals the hard way.
In the fourth round they beat Super League giants Bradford Bulls at Odsal before beating Leeds and Hull at Knowsley Road.
But Millward claims his side will not ease up now.
"We know Huddersfield will give us a really hard game," said Millward.
"It doesn't matter who we draw at this stage of the competition, the stakes are very high and we know we'll be facing determined opponents.
"We want to get to the final and we obviously know Huddersfield will, too.
"There's no way we see this as an easy tie at all.
"We know we have to play well on the day if we want to do well. If we don't we will be beaten."
A lot of the initial semi-final talk has been of the reunion between Millward and his former Saints assistant Jon Sharp, who left Knowsley Road to take charge of the Giants last year.
"I spoke to Jon at length last night and we both had a feeling this might happen," added Millward.
"He's a good young coach and I know he'll have prepared his players very thoroughly for this match.
"Knowing Jon as I do, I know they will be a very well-drilled side and will be very hard to beat."
Millward worked as a television pundit at last year's final between Bradford and Leeds but is now hoping to take his team there.
"It is one of the best stadiums in the world," he said. "I would like to get there as a coach and I am really looking forward to this semi-final."
Saints last reached the final in 2002 when they were beaten by great rivals Wigan, who could be their opponents again in this year's showpiece.
First, however, the Warriors will have to overcome Warrington, who are riding high this season following their move to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
With Saints quoted at odds of 15-8 ON by bookmakers William Hill to win the Cup and Wigan 2-1, most will expect them to meet in the final for a second time in three years.
The pair have impressive Cup pedigree, having won the competition 25 times between them.
By contrast Warrington, who are at 9-1, have not won the competition since 1974.
Huddersfield (25-1) have not, of course, reached the last four since 1971 or the final since 1962.
They last won the Challenge Cup when they beat Saints 15-10 at Wembley in 1953.
And it is obvious Huddersfield will have to be at their very best to repeat the act against St Helens this time around.
With key men Paul Sculthorpe, Sean Long and Keiron Cunningham all on top of their game and their new signings slotting in well, the Giants face a formidable task.
HUDDERSFIELD and St Helens have been involved in some classic Challenge Cup battles in the past.
The most notable was obviously the 1953 Cup final at Wembley when Fartown triumphed 15-10.
Huddersfield then beat St Helens 13-2 on the way to reaching the 1962 final against Wakefield. Fartown were beaten 12-6.
There was also a Huddersfield victory over the Saints in 1968 (5-0), but since then it has been all St Helens, with the Lancastrians winning all six meetings.