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The Giants take a break from Super League this coming Sunday with Round 5 of the Powergen Challenge Cup, National League side York City Knights being the visitors to the Galpharm for the game which kicks off at 3.00pm.
The City Knights were last at the Galpharm in the Quarter Final of the same competition on 28 March 2004 when the Giants ran out comfortable winners, Ben Roarty (now with Castleford Tigers) scoring a hat-trick of tries. Promoted from National League 2 at the end of last season, the City Knights are taking some time to adjust to the higher standards, but the Giants are anticipating a stern battle. On their last visit the City Knights brought a strong following of supporters to cheer them on, and similar is expected this coming Sunday.
Looking back to last Sunday's victory against Salford Giants' coach Jon Sharp was pleased with the way the team played; they showed plenty of confidence on the back of the performances against St Helens the previous week and Harlequins before that, even though the result did not go the Giants way in that latter match. Salford are a side who create plenty of scoring opportunities; in Andrew Dunnemann they have a player who really has made them tick this season. The Giants had to be very good defensively to restrict their scoring potential and excellent offensively to get 5 tries against them, 4 in the first half.
The arrival of Keith Mason has given everyone a boost; he is very strong and aggressive and direct. The players are training well and looking forward to the next game.
Looking ahead to Sunday's game, coach Jon Sharp said York have quality players and quality coaching staff. The match is though all about the Giants maintaining the standards which they have set over the last 3 weeks.
On the injuries front there will be late calls on Chris Nero and Stephen Wild, but everyone has been playing well so there are no automatic recalls for players who have missed games through injuries. Sunday will not be a game for rotation of the Giants squad of players; currently they are in a confident phase and it is not policy to change where such change is not necessary. Finally coach Jon Sharp had words of sympathy to Town on their defeat in the Semi-final of the play-offs after playing so well during the season.
- courtesy Giants RL
Powergen Challenge Cup Round Five Huddersfield Giants v York City Knights Sunday 21st May 2006, Galpharm Stadium, 3pm kick off
Huddersfield squad: Reilly, Aspinwall, Evans, De Vere, Donlan, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Snitch, Wild, Jones, Jackson, March, Smith, McDonald, Raleigh, Gardner, Hemingway, Fagborun.
York sqaud (from): David Bates, Mark Blanchard, Matt Blaymire, Austin Buchanan, Jamie Bovill, Dave Buckley, Mark Cain, Paul Clarke, Tom Dunmore, James Elston, Craig Farrell, Craig Forsyth, Peter Fox, Jason Golden, Phil Hasty, Joe Helme, Neil Law, Jonny Liddell, Lee Lingard, Dean O'Loughlin, Lee Paterson, Dan Potter, Nathan Priestley, Scott Rhodes, John Smith, Rob Spicer, Chris Spurr, Adam Sullivan, Paul Thorman, James Ward, Liam Watling, Jamaine Wray.