ASSISTANT coach Paul Anderson believes his young Giants side will flourish on the Challenge Cup stage this weekend.

The former Challenge Cup winner has been handed the head coaching reins by Nathan Brown for Sunday’s fifth-round Galpharm clash against Championship I strugglers Rochdale Hornets (11.30am).

It’s a clash that should cause the Super League Giants few problems, with their visitors languishing at the foot of the lowest tier of the professional game.

As a result, several senior players will be rested for the tie, including captain and full-back Brett Hodgson and stand-off Kevin Brown.

In their places will be utility back Josh Griffin and hooker Keal Carlile, while half-back Tom Hemingway is handed his first senior start of the year.

Also ready to start are full-back Leroy Cudjoe and utility forward Larne Patrick, who have both had a couple of first-team runs this season.

But despite the relative inexperience of the squad, Anderson knows they’ll all do a good job.

“We’ve got no qualms whatsoever about letting them play,” said Anderson.

“They have all trained with the Super League squad all year and they are all ready for the challenge

“We have selected a side that will be very competitive and will get the job done.

“It’s a side that has ensured we will give Rochdale the respect they deserve, and if we didn’t think the young players were good enough they wouldn’t be playing.

“They will all relish the challenge.”