ALL of a sudden the form of St Helens is creating almost as much interest in the town as that of the Giants.

That's not surprising given the fact the two teams will be meeting in the Powergen Challenge Cup semi-final at Warrington on Sunday, April 25.

Unfortunately, the form of the Saints has made them red-hot favourites to beat the Giants and reach the Challenge Cup final at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, May 15.

Their results so far certainly speak for themselves.

They've already chalked up Super League victories over the likes of Hull, Widnes and London Broncos.

But it's the Saints' Challenge Cup form that has really caught the eye.

In round four they won 30-10 at newly-crowned world champions Bradford Bulls and backed that up with a 24-14 home success over Leeds Rhinos in the following round.

Then in the quarter-final they came from behind to beat Hull 31-26, again at Knowsley Road, to set up the last-four clash against the Giants.

So now, however, attentions will turn to who the respective clubs play between now and their semi-final showdown.

The run-ins to the April 25 clash could have a big bearing on the outcome.

The fixtures show that both clubs have four games in two weeks leading up to their Cup-tie.

However, they do have the final nine days free to prepare for the contest.

Huddersfield entertain Wigan at the McAlpine tomorrow before turning their attentions to Salford at home on Good Friday.

Then on Easter Monday the Giants travel to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and follow up with a trip to Leeds Rhinos on Friday night, nine days before the big Saints clash.

For St Helens themselves, they kicked-off their countdown last night at Castleford Tigers.

On Good Friday, they host the old enemy, Wigan, and on Easter Monday face a daunting trip to Bradford.

After that, it's a home game against Salford City Reds.

So the key question is who will be in the better shape after these games have been completed?

The Giants did, of course, announce ticket details for the semi-final yesterday.

They initially go on sale on Tuesday (10am) to season ticket holders only.

Besides ticket details, the Flyers have announced they are already taking coach seat bookings for the game.

They can be bought for £10 return from Tony Iredale Travel.