ON the evidence of this, it's going to be a very long, hard season.
The initial optimism that had been generated on the back of encouraging performances against St Helens and Bradford Bulls has quickly been replaced by genuine concern over the Giants' Super League credentials.
A Galpharm fixture against newly-promoted Hull KR was always going to be a potential banana skin.
But surely the Giants class of 2007 would be far too fit, strong and skilful for the Super League XII relegation favourites?
On paper, the answer was `yes', particularly as Huddersfield could count themselves so unlucky not to have beaten the Saints and the Bulls.
In reality, however, it was a totally different story - and that's why this defeat has been so hard to take.
Hull KR played their game to perfection, doing nothing fancy, using possession well at all times and taking the chances that came their way.
On top of that, they showed a level of enthusiasm which is always expected from a newly-promoted side and, particularly in the second half, defended as if their lives depended on it.
If only the Giants could have done the same!
Instead, they opened in lethargic fashion and found it virtually impossible to match the enthusiasm of their fired-up visitors.
As a result, the home side found themselves 16-0 down after 33 minutes and with a huge mountain to climb.
They did then go on to dominate the rest of the contest, scoring two tries and restricting Hull KR to one late - but highly significant - drop goal.
But, given the numerous chances they went on to create, Giants coach Jon Sharp will have been extremely concerned by his side's lack of execution.
His opposite number, Justin Morgan, however, will have been delighted with the way his men turned their early pressure into points.
Within five minutes, the Robins had made their intentions clear, forcing the Giants to drop out on the first of four occasions before centre Jon Goddard was held up over the tryline.
Huddersfield did have the odd early moment, most notably when John Skandalis lost the ball attempting to stretch out to score after seven minutes.
But by the 10th minute, Rovers had taken a lead they were never to lose as Scott Murrell finished off a good move to race over for a try converted by Gareth Morton.
By the 20th minute, the lead was 10-0 after the Giants conceded two `soft' penalties.
And the lead was 16 points 13 minutes later when more good approach play created the opening for Ben Cockayne to dive over.
This was was painful in the extreme for the Giants.
However, two minutes before the break, hopes were raised when good work by Kevin Brown and Chris Nero on the left forced the Robins back and the ball was worked to the right for Eorl Crabtree to feed Stephen Wild to finish off.
Thorman failed to add the extras, but the Giants had the lift they needed.
In the second half, it was almost one-way traffic, with chance after chance going begging as the home side turned up the heat on the Hull KR line.
Twice Robbie Paul failed to ground the ball over the line under heavy pressure, while Skandalis was another to be held up over the line.
And on another occasion, Tommy Gallagher somehow managed to get the ball off Thorman as he followed up Brad Drew's grubber.
Their efforts were eventually rewarded when Nero followed up Thorman's kick-through to grab a converted score.
But in the 75th minute, James Webster broke the Giants' hearts with the match-winning drop goal.
The Giants Academy won 20-14 in a warm-up game on Saturday, with Michael Lawrence catching the eye.