Challenge Cup: Huddersfield Giants 6-20 Catalans Dragons
|Ladbrokes Challenge Cup|
|Huddersfield Giants (0) 6|
|Try: Cudjoe Goal: Brough|
|Catalans Dragons (4) 20|
|Tries: Mead, Bird Goals: Drinkwater 6|
Catalans Dragons battled past Huddersfield Giants to reach the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
In a game low on quality, second-half tries from David Mead and Greg Bird and 12 points from Josh Drinkwater's boot put the French side through.
Trailing 4-0 at half-time, Huddersfield briefly took the lead when Leroy Cudjoe crossed shortly after the break.
But that was as good as it got for the Giants as Mead capitalised on a handling error and Bird bundled over.
Catalans are now 80 minutes away from a first final since 2007, when they were defeated by 12-time champions St Helens.
Steve McNamara's in-form side were good value for their victory at the John Smith's Stadium, putting in a fine defensive display.
Huddersfield were often woeful in attack and Darnell McIntosh's drop on the try-line to let Mead in summed up their night.
The draw for August's semi-finals will take place on Sunday.
Huddersfield: Rankin, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Mamo, McIntosh, Turner, Brough, Ikahihifo, O'Brien, Clough, Murphy, Mellor, Hinchcliffe.
Replacements: Leeming, Smith, English, Roberts.
Catalans: Gigot, Broughton, Mead, Wiliame, Tierney, Bird, Drinkwater, Simon, McIlorum, Moa, Jullien, Garcia, Casty.
Replacements: Bousquet, Maria, Anderson, Edwards.
Referee: Gareth Hewer