HUDDERSFIELD Giants have never played so well against Bradford Bulls at Odsal.
But they are still waiting for that first elusive win over their West Yorkshire rivals after 19 Super League attempts!
It's as if fate simply won't allow it to happen, because the Giants did more than enough to claim what would have been such a famous victory.
For large parts of the contest, Huddersfield were the dominant force, and on another day - and surely against any other side in the competition! - a win would have been secured.
Coach Jon Sharp's men matched the Bulls pack from start to finish, while also showing their increasingly lively backs are starting to get into the attacking groove.
It's true that the Giants should have made a little more of the chances that came their way.
But with a little more luck, as well as composure, they could quite easily have added to their two well-created tries from kicks.
Defensively, they also looked stronger than a week ago against St Helens.
There were times when their line was put under immense pressure, and it was only two special plays from Kiwi international and big Bulls signing David Solomona that undid them in the opening period.
Bradford's third try - and ultimately the winner - from another new Bradford recruit, Glenn Morrison, in the 72nd minute was also well worked.
But the fact it came on the back of referee Richard Silverwood having just awarded the Bulls seven penalties on the trot certainly helped the home side's cause!
Yet it would be churlish to blame the match official for the Giants' failure to beat Bradford again, particularly as the visitors were awarded 15 to the Bulls' 14 by close of play.
Instead, it just has to go down as one of those days, with Huddersfield left to reflect on a performance that does offer genuine hope for the season ahead.
Their start was particularly encouraging.
And at the heart of the early spark was hooker Ryan Hudson, who is getting more effective with every game he plays.
Several darting runs quickly gave note of his intentions, and it was no surprise when he played a major role in the build-up to the opening try after 10 minutes.
Great link play between Hudson and Stuart Jones - who was again magnificent - took play deep into Bulls' territory.
The ball was then worked out to Chris Thorman, who elected to kick to the corner early in the tackle count to catch the home defence napping and allow Jamahl Lolesi to race through and touch down.
Captain Thorman then banged over the conversion and the Giants were six points ahead.
Unfortunately, however, the lead was shortlived.
By the 16th minute, the Bulls had drawn level as Solomona spotted a gap in the Giants' defensive line on the sixth tackle and chipped over for Shontayne Hape to gather and for Paul Deacon to convert.
The Giants responded with half-chances for Thorman, Robbie Paul and Kevin Brown on the back of good work from the pack.
But four minutes before the break the Bulls took the lead for the first time, and against the run of play.
Again Solomona did the damage, collecting the ball close to the line and showing great strength to crash over for a second converted score.
Thorman reduced the arrears with a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Paul's break and chip ahead was illegally blocked by Michael Platt.
It earned the new Bulls full-back a spell in the sin-bin, but with Paul likely to have gone on and scored, Platt probably regarded it as a price worth playing!
However, before the Bradford man had returned to the action, the Giants had gone ahead for a second time.
On this occasion, it was a Brad Drew kick that did all the damage, dissecting the Bulls defence for Jones to touch down under the posts for a thoroughly-deserved try.
Thorman again goaled and it was 14-12 to the visitors after 45 minutes.
It began to look like this would be one of the Giants' finest Super League hours when the usually reliable Deacon saw a penalty attempt drift wide in the 68th minute.
But four minutes later, the Huddersfield hearts were broken when a spell of pressure was rewarded when Morrison crashed over from close range.
To say it was cruel was an understatement!