IN-FORM Huddersfield Giants will go into the draw for the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup tonight as one of the clubs to be avoided.
The Giants’10-try 52-0 Super League XV thrashing of Wakefield at the Hearwell Stadium has sent out a chilling warning to their rivals that coach Nathan Brown’s men mean business once again.
After losing to Warrington in last season’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley, the Giants are desperate to make a quick return and make amends.
And the nature of their demolition job on Wakefield suggests that’s something that could be well within their grasp – a fact that won’t have been lost on their top-flight rivals.
“Our aim is to improve on what we did last season, and we’d like to think we’re heading in the right direction,” said Brown, whose side is part of the draw which is being broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live at 7.35pm and includes all 14 Super League clubs.
“The win at Wakefield was really pleasing, because they’ve been playing reasonably well and had won their opening three games.
“But we went there confident we could do well, particularly on the back of the hard work we’ve been putting in.
“Our game is starting to evolve now the new signings have started to learn how we play, and we’re sure that’s a process that will continue.
“Trying to improve our attack is a big thing, because it’s the area we know we need to improve the most from last year, and the signs were certainly promising against Wakefield at the weekend.
“But we still know there are one or two areas, both on attack and defence, that we need to improve and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.
“To be successful this year, we know we have to keep getting better.”