WARRINGTON boss Tony Smith has admitted his side will have to show a big improvement to guarantee victory at the Giants in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup in three weeks’ time.
The tie at the Galpharm on the weekend of May 8 and 9 is a repeat of last year’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley, which the Wolves won 25-16.
Warrington worked their way into the draw for the last 16 after their 48-24 triumph at Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers.
But even though the victory – led by a hat trick from Richie Myler – ended Featherstone’s nine-match winning run, former Giants chief Smith knows his side will have to be stronger when they visit Huddersfield for the second time this season.
“I’m looking forward to the match, which is the plum game of the round,” said Smith, whose side beat the Giants 14-10 in Super League at the Galpharm on February 28.
“We know we have different opposition and will need a different performance. Against Featherstone, we dropped our guard a bit, which is, I suppose, natural and human. A few of our players were off their game, and you only need two or three to be like that and it can affect performance.”
The Giants v Wolves tie is one of three all-Super League fifth-round clashes.
Harlequins, who knocked out Wakefield in the fourth round, will have home advantage against St Helens, while the League’s outpost clubs, Crusaders and Catalans Dragons, will meet at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.
St Helens, who won the Cup three years in a row from 2006-09, were given a tough test by Harlequins just over a week ago before winning a League match 32-24, while Crusaders beat the Dragons 14-6 in Gareth Thomas’ debut match in Wrexham last month.
Favourites Leeds have been drawn at home to 1,000-1 outsiders Blackpool, while Wigan, the joint 7-2 second favourites, will be away to the winners of the delayed fourth-round tie between Widnes and Lezignan.
Leigh’s reward for winning on their long trek to Limoux is a trip to Bradford while there will be at least two Championship clubs in the quarter-finals.
Barrow’s reward for toppling Super League side Castleford 34-28 – with on-loan Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary scoring twice – is a home tie against Hunslet, while Batley return to Halifax, scene of today’s fourth-round win over amateurs Siddal.