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Rugby League: Huddersfield Hunt Down Challenge Cup Success


Not since 1953 have Huddersfield won the Challenge Cup, but they should make a winning start in their quest to reach this year’s final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 28.

On Sunday, the Giants travel to Championship outfit Barrow Raiders where victory would take them into the quarter-finals of rugby league’s oldest and most famous competition.

Much is made of Huddersfield’s small fanbase, but the town is the birthplace of the game and the Giants’ veteran owner Ken Davy certainly deserves some success.

He has poured vast sums of his wealth into his hometown club down the years and has had precious little to show for it.

There was a Challenge Cup final appearance in 2006 against St Helens and another one three years later against Warrington Wolves.

Huddersfield lost them both, but they have made a bright start to the current campaign under Ian Watson, winning four of their opening six games to lie fourth in the Super League table.

As a local lad, Ryan Johnston is looking forward to locking horns with @Giantsrl tomorrow in our @TheChallengeCup tie. pic.twitter.com/w2aeSDq8nX

— Barrow Raiders (@BarrowRaiders) March 26, 2022

Could the upwardly mobile Giants be dark horses for this year’s Challenge Cup?

You can get 14/1 with bet365 for Watson’s men to go all the way and they should certainly be too strong for Barrow.

Huddersfield are a best-price 1/20 with Quinn Bet to win in Cumbria on Sunday, but Barrow should be no pushovers.

The part-time Raiders are flying high in the Championship so far this term, winning four of their opening five games, and if you fancy an upset then lump on them at 14/1 with Quinn Bet.

Giants star Tui Lolohea, meanwhile, is proving a fine acquisition following his close-season switch from Salford Red Devils.

The Tongan playmaker is a tempting 14/1 with several bookies to be the game’s first try-scorer.