The Rugby League Challenge Cup kicks back into action this weekend with a full programme of matches taking place.
Thursday saw the first of the ties take place as Salford Red Devils edged Hull FC out of the competition by 37-36. The game was won by a golden-point drop goal from Rangi Chase who stole the victory from last season's finalists.
Friday also saw two other matches take place.
London Broncos were knocked out at the hands of a rampant Catalan Dragons team, who ran home seven tries to take the match 40-24.
And the imperious Wigan Warriors also advanced as they smashed Dewsbury Rams by a convincing 58-6. Joe Burgess ran home four tries for the Warriors.
Here is the full list of Sunday's scheduled matches and TV/live stream info:
Stream: BBC iPlayer
|Batley v Castleford Tigers||2 p.m.|
|Bradford Bulls v Oldham||2 p.m.|
|Catalan Dragons v London Broncos||40-24|
|Dewsbury v Wigan Warriors||6-58|
|Doncaster v Hemel Stags||2 p.m.|
|Featherstone v North Wales Crusaders||2 p.m.|
|Halifax v Widnes Vikings||2 p.m.|
|Hull FC v Salford Red Devils||36-37|
|Hull KR v Warrington Wolves||2 p.m.|
|Hunslet v Workington||2 p.m.|
|Keighley v Barrow||2 p.m.|
|Rochdale v Leigh||2 p.m.|
|Sheffield v London Skolars||70-28|
|Swindon v York||2 p.m.|
|Wakefield Wildcats v Leeds Rhinos||2 p.m.|
|Huddersfield Giants v St Helens||2:15 p.m.||BBC2 HD||iPlayer|
Hard Times For Huddersfield
Sunday's biggest match sees a repeat of the 2006 Challenge Cup final as St Helens visit Huddersfield.
The match saw St Helens win 42-12 as they went on to claim a historic domestic treble, per BBC Sport. However, the Giants gained a modicum of revenge some three years later, knocking the Saints out of the competition at the semi-final stage.
The Giants go into the match looking to find some kind of improved form after a poor start to this campaign.
After the League Leaders Shield success of last year, the club have only managed to be victorious in two of their seven games this term.
But head coach Paul Anderson has professed that there is not a lot wrong with his side at present. Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, via BBC Sport, he said:
We know where we are at and we're probably victims of our own success. We've got to make sure that we keep the ball, and if we do give it away, it's on their try line and not ours. Last week we put in around 400 tackles and three-quarters of those were in our half. That just robs you of energy.
The Giants' official Twitter account also quoted Anderson about his team's chances in the competition and the excitement he feels:
PA: It's the Challenge Cup this Sunday, it's an exciting competition. You win four games and your in the Final.— Huddersfield Giants (@Giantsrl) April 2, 2014
Saints On A Roll
In stark contrast to their opponents, St Helens are flying after a perfect start. They have won all seven of their opening matches this year and lead the Super League.
They will be the favourites going into the match, but anything can happen when considering the romance of the cup.
Saints' coach Nathan Brown spoke with BBC Radio Merseyside about his team's opponents and warned against complacency.
BBC Sport quote Brown as saying:
They've probably been a bit up and down this year by the standards they've set themselves, but you can only prepare for what they're capable of. We saw that against Leeds and Wigan, and they're probably the two teams that are at the forefront of the competition.
I know better than anyone how good their players are. A number of them have progressed to being England internationals, so we know what they're capable of.
St Helens are on a mighty charge at present, and it is difficult to see where this Huddersfield team can hurt them. The Saints have only conceded 96 points in the Super League this season, per BBC Sport, and defensively look solid.
They seem comfortably to have the ability to defeat any team that challenges them in 2014.
On the other hand, the Giants have conceded 147 points already this season, and if they meet their opponents in rampant mood, they could be destroyed and beaten in double-quick time.
With Saints' centre Thomas Makinson in electric form, St Helens will feel they have the tools to progress. Makinson is the top scorer in Super League, per superleague.co.uk, and he will be looking to improve his overall statistics further in the Challenge Cup.
Can Huddersfield beat St Helens on Sunday?
Luke Walsh is also the top kicker in the league for St Helens, and the extra points he provides may make this too big of a task for a Huddersfield team very short on confidence and drive.
But Anderson will hope that Sunday is the day his team's season truly commences, and the scalp of St Helens would be one of the most prized in domestic rugby league.