ALL the talk of a battle for a place in the top six has now been turned into the need for the Giants to pick up points to avoid being dragged into a Super League relegation battle.
After Huddersfield’s magnificent run of nine wins on the trot – seven in the League and two in the Cup – they have now failed to win in their last six outings.
Furthermore, their previous rock-solid defence is now shipping in tries at an alarming rate as their highly impressive points difference continues to take a heavy pounding.
Obviously, it’s still too early to set off that many alarm bells just yet.
But clearly the Giants need to re-discover their form of two months ago quickly if they are to get their season right back on track.
However, it was clear from this bad performance against Warrington that a great deal of hard work has to be done to start a fresh climb up the League ladder.
Clearly, there are nowhere near the same concerns as there were at the start of the campaign when the Giants lost their opening seven League fixtures.
But Huddersfield weren’t making half the mistakes then than they are now.
And, surely – and hopefully – they won’t go on to make as many in the remaining eight games as they did against the hungry Wolves in this latest reverse.
Time and time again, the Giants gave away possession far too cheaply and easily, virtually handing their visitors tries on a plate.
They did something similar against Saints last week, but the lessons of that day were simply ignored as their opponents made them pay the ultimate price.
It’s fair to assume, therefore, that much of the work on the training field this week will be themed on the need to respect possession.
If that’s the case, and the Giants do take it on board, it’s clear they have the playing personnel to turn things around and make sure they salvage something from a season that’s become marked by a perverse form of consistency – losing streak, followed by winning streak, followed by losing streak and (finally and hopefully) winning streak.
And they did demonstrate their undoubted class at the start of this contest against the Wolves as Robbie Paul gave his side a 3rd-minute lead after latching on to a strong Stuart Jones surge to score under the posts for Chris Thorman to convert.
By half-time, however, they had almost handed Warrington the win on a plate, with error after error keeping them under pressure and allowing tries from Chris Bridge (twice) and Stuart Reardon and four Lee Briers goals to make it 20-6 at the break.
Although both sides grabbed early second-half tries, with Brad Drew cancelling out an effort from Kevin Penny, it wasn’t long before the visitors had extended their lead to 40-12 with further touchdowns from Michael Sullivan and former Giants Academy half-back Bridge to complete a hat trick.
And that Bridge effort – albeit with a clear hint of a double movement – after 63 minutes was the signal for many home fans to make a move to the exits.
After their departure, their side did cross for two tries from Ryan Hudson and one from fit-again Shane Elford.
But with a Briers drop goal and Penny effort on the final hooter, it was hard to get too carried away with a strong finish.