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Craig Porter 8th Aug 2009 - 13:40

Gigantic effort won't stop Saints

Huddersfield face St Helens at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in this weekend's second Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final.

The Giants will be hoping to stop the 1/3 favourites for the game reaching the fourth consecutive Challenge Cup final in this repeat of the 2004 semi at the same Warrington venue where the Merseysiders romped to a 46-6 victory.

Huddersfield also suffered a heavy 42-12 loss to St Helens in the 2006 final at Twickenham and Sunday's game could well see high-scoring Saints pile on the points again. It all depends on how the Giants perform on the big stage.

Under Nathan Brown's charge the West Yorkshire team have been transformed into a well organised and methodical team who have the best defensive record in the Super League where they sit in third place. If he can get his team to keep their heads and play their own game then the 12/5 for the Giants to win in 80 minutes is great value and Even Money with an eight-point start is a gift.

However, St Helens know how to play the big games like these and it will be hard to halt their Cup run which has seen them unbeaten in over four years. With the wealth of experience brought by Sean Long and Keiron Cunningham both returning to the squad it will take a truly gigantic effort to stop the Saints.

The alternative handicap markets offer Saints (-12) at 6/4 and 2/1 (-16) could have you cheering on St Helens to continue scoring in their relentless fashion.

Given that the game lies so much with how the Giants turn up take advantage of our In-Play live betting service. We will have half a dozen or more markets available right up to the 80th minute of the match which kicks off at 16:00 on Sunday, live on the BBC.

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