THE chance to lock horns with the Super League Giants will act as extra inspiration for Halifax tonight.
That's the verdict of coach Anthony Farrell as he looks to secure victory at Cumbrian amateurs Kells and book a third-round clash with arch rivals Huddersfield at The Shay on Sunday, April 2.
The Kells v Fax tie should have taken place on Sunday, but was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
It was confirmed yesterday that the re-arranged tie will take place at Whitehaven's Recreation Ground tonight, with former Fartown favourite Farrell confident his players will rise to the occasion.
"I obviously can't afford to talk too much about facing Huddersfield just yet, because we've got to go up and beat Kells first," said the Huddersfield-based coach, pictured.
"It's going to be tough going up there in the middle of the week.
"But the last thing we need is a backlog of fixtures right now, so I hope we can get it out of the way tonight and can start to look ahead to welcoming Huddersfield.
"To be honest, we know very little about Kells.
"But no doubt they will be a typical big Cumbrian team who will relish the challenge.
"So, the onus is on us to be professional and get the win, because we all know the stakes will be high.
"It's a massive incentive for the boys knowing that the prize is a home tie against Super League opposition.
"And the fact it's against our next-door neighbours adds to the attraction.
"On top of that, it would mean a lot personally to me, because Huddersfield is my hometown club and that's where I started my career.
"But let's worry about Kells first."