CONFIDENT Giants coach Jon Sharp is backing his pack to fire his club into the quarter-finals of the RL Challenge Cup this weekend.
While the backs have stolen all the glory in Huddersfield's unbeaten start to the Super League season, Sharp believes his forwards hold the key to success against Doncaster Dragons at the McAlpine on Sunday (3.00).
Half-backs Paul March and Stanley Gene and flying winger Marcus St Hilaire have been the stars so far.
But Sharp is tipping the men in the pack to do the damage against their National League I opponents.
"Doncaster are strong up front and we're expecting a big forwards' battle," said Sharp, who could decide to stick with the same 17 that beat Widnes to go top of Super League last Friday night.
"But I'm happy with that.
"I've been delighted with what I've seen from the forwards so far, and it was impressive to see them dominate the Widnes pack in the way they did.
"The reason why our half-backs were so creative and industrious last Friday was because it was on the back of good go-forward.
"Mick Slicker, in particular, produced a great game in the front row and really punished the opposition with his work.
"But I believe we've got a good balance in the forwards, with Slicks and Daz Fleary leading the way at prop.
"The back three of Ben Roarty, Stuart Jones and Chris Nero were also strong against Widnes, and I'm looking at them to carry on the good work this weekend.
"We know Doncaster are a dangerous side and we need to treat them with the utmost respect.
"That's why we have to be strong up front, and I see no reason why we won't."
Sharp has revealed it's unlikely his three injured frontline players will return this weekend.
Brandon Costin (ankle), Jim Gannon (thumb) and Darren Turner (back) all missed the Widnes win, and could be given at least another week to get back to full fitness.