ACTING captain Stuart Jones has admitted the Giants can't afford to start feeling sorry for themselves.
The 22-year-old back-rower was rewarded for an exellent Super League season by leading the Giants against the club who have loaned him out for the season.
But instead of being an occasion to savour, Jones was left reflecting on a dreadful second-half fade-out as Saints turned on the style to sweep Huddersfield apart.
And the in-form forward believes the only way to bounce back from this latest setback is to respond with a five-star display at home to Widnes on Sunday (5.30).
"After a defeat like this, the best thing you can do is put it behind you as quicky as possible and take it out on your next opponents," he said.
"For us that obviously means against Widnes on Sunday.
"The worst thing we can do as we prepare for this match is start feeling sorry for ourselves, that's far too negative.
"We have to remain positive and make sure we respond in the right manner this weekend.
"If we are to earn a top six spot at the end of the season, it's important we beat the teams around us, and Widnes obviously come into that category.
"That's what we've got to focus on between now and Sunday, it's no use looking back at what happened against Saints."
But Jones admits that if the Giants can re-produce the form they showed in the opening half last night against Widnes on Sunday, two more Super League points will be added to his club's tally.
"I've never been the captain of a Super League side before, which is obviously a very proud moment, and in the first half everything was going so well," he added.
"I would say it's possibly the best first half we have put together.
"There's no question that if we repeat that form on Sunday we could blow Widnes away.
"But after the break it just went so badly wrong.
"We just couldn't control the ruck, and against St Helens that's asking for trouble.
"They are a class side and you need to be at your very best to compete against them.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't do that."