HUDDERSFIELD Giants completed their Senior Academy grading phase with a 42-16 defeat at Wigan.
It meant they lost all four of their games in this preliminary stage of the competition - to Wigan (again), St Helens and Wakefield - and means they will take their place in the First Division for the full campaign.
The Giants will start as one of the favourites to take that title, with some of their play in the game at Wigan underlining that fact.
The late withdrawal of Super League squad man Jon Grayshon with flu on the morning of the game did little to help Huddersfield's cause.
But the Giants still gave their opponents a tough time in the forwards, with second-rowers Matthew Whittaker and Kris Lythe producing big games.
Scrum half Paul Mennell and winger Bolu Fagborun also showed up well in what was always a difficult trip.
With Wigan's Harrison Hansen in outstanding form, the home side were soon into their stride and by half-time were 16-6 ahead.
The Giants, however, always remained in the hunt, with Tony Williams on hand to land three penalties.
And when Lythe crossed for a try, converted by Williams, in the 62nd minute the visitors were just 26-12 behind.
But Wigan regained control to make sure of the victory.
Fagborun's efforts were rewarded with a try in the corner with five minutes remaining, but it proved to be a consolation effort.