PROUD Giants coach Jon Sharp believes the character displayed by his battle-scarred players in yesterday's 40-12 Super League defeat at champions Bradford Bulls augurs well for the second half of the season.
The Odsal reverse was Huddersfield's sixth defeat in their opening 14 top-flight matches.
And Sharp is convinced that if his side plays with the same amount of commitment shown against the Bulls in the final 14 games of the campaign, there will be some good times ahead.
Despite lacking the services of TEN members of his Super League squad through injury and loans, the Giants pulled it back to 26-12 midway through the second half, and Sharp believes that takes some doing.
"I really am delighted with the effort the boys put in," said Sharp.
"We went into the game with a busted side that was virtually held together by tape.
"But the way the players reacted to adversity was truly magnificent and I have nothing but praise for them.
"I expected the boys to put in an effort full of pride and commitment and they didn't let me down.
"Theses are the sort of qualities that will help to keep us going forward. That's our aim."
Sharp was delighted to report no new injuries, but will anxiously await news from the RFL disciplinary committee after a second-half brawl was placed on report.