ONE of the big talking points this week has obviously been the Powergen Challenge Cup fourth-round draw.

Our home tie against St Helens on April 3 is one that has immediately captured the imagination.

After all, it's a repeat of last season's semi-final, and I've now discovered this will be the third Challenge Cup meeting between the two sides in the last five years.

But even though the draw has been a major topic of conversation outside the club, it's not been the case inside the Galpharm.

And that's the way it should be.

OK, the players will have discussed among themselves that we'll be entertaining the holders in one of the ties of the round.

But what's really delighted me as a head coach is that the players themselves have not allowed the Cup draw to be a distraction to this week's main priority - focusing on Sunday's trip to Warrington.

It's been heads down as usual and looking to improve on our last performance, which on this occasion was last Friday's 34-18 victory over Widnes.

Overall, I was delighted with the way we played that night.

At times, we produced some of our best this season, and when we did Widnes were left chasing shadows.

What initially pleased me about that performance was the fact we conceded another early try and didn't panic.

The boys simply drew a line under it and got on with the job.

And as soon as we got back on level terms, I was 100% confident we would go on and win the game.

We're a confident bunch anyway and as the first half progressed that became clearer and clearer.

We also saw some players produce their best form of the year.

Leading the way was Brad Drew, who I believe had his best game so far for us.

He's now getting back to full fitness after an illness-affected start to his Giants career and really starting to look the part.

Another who caught my eye was big Eorl Crabtree.

I thought he was great the week before when we were beaten by Leeds, and then carried on the good work against Widnes.

When you're a young front-rower, it's sometimes difficult backing up at this level, but Eorl was more than up to the task. It was a fantastic effort.

I'VE high hopes of our new rugby union signing Stephen Jones.

From day one, he's really impressed me with his attitude and his skills.

That became clearer when he spent the two weeks with us training full-time with the Super League squad.

And during that time he played with the Senior Academy at Featherstone in the backs and was absolutely superb.

It was then that I knew for certain that this was a player that was well worth pursuing.

He's got good speed and looks very solid on defence.

I don't wish to sound rude to rugby union, but his defensive quality did take me a little by surprise.

Understandably, he still needs to work on some of the finer points of rugby league to get himself up to speed.

But he's such a willing worker and learner that I don't envisage that being too big a problem.

He's already not that far away from making his Super League debut, but it's impossible to say for sure when it will be.

There are, of course, so many factors that need to be taken into account before any player gets his chance.

First of all, there's the form of the players that are already in the team.

If they continue to do a good job, it's going to be hard for Stephen to force his way in.

Yet at the same time, it's also up to Stephen to keep working hard in training and keep giving me timely reminders that he should be playing Super League.

Furthermore, there are injuries to players to take into account.

But whenever Stephen gets his chance I know he'll be ready.