ST HELENS' New Zealand Test centre Willie Talau believes Brandon Costin could be the Giants' dangerman this weekend.

Saints are strong favourites to beat Huddersfield in Sunday's semi-final at Warrington (3.15) and meet Wigan in a repeat of the 2002 final at Murrayfield.

But Talau is expecting a tough match and is wary of the threat Costin could cause.

"I played against Costin when he was with Canberra Raiders and he's a first-class player," he said.

"He was a centre then, but it looks like he's slotted in very well at stand-off. He's directing play really well and his kicking game is good.

"We are going to have to watch him and his runners either side of him. He has got a lot of willing workers around him.

"They are not the most well-known players but play really well as a team."

This will be Talau's first taste of a Challenge Cup semi-final, but he has had his appetite whetted by his fellow countrymen, the Paul brothers.

"I had a chance to talk to Robbie and Henry about it and they said the Challenge Cup final is massive," he added.

"Robbie told me that most teams that go on to win it don't come down from cloud nine for two or three games afterwards because they are still on a high and are still celebrating. I'd like to see for myself."

* Huddersfield Giants Independent Supporters Association are holding a fans' forum at the McAlpine on Wednesday (7.30) when supporters can put questions to the club's management. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.