This had to be one of the worst days at the office for the Giants in a few seasons of Super League action.

Not only did they struggle to match the pace and invention of a Widnes Vikings side who turned up ready to show their talents, but further injury problems saw the home side have to reshuffle their resources.

The loss of scrum half Jamie Ellis with a dislocated collarbone essentially left the Giants without a recognised half back, and could do so for a little while as skipper Danny Brough and Kyle Wood remain on the sidelines and Luke Robinson has been forced to retire.

And it was in that area that the Vikings piled on the pressure with Joe Mellor making a number of incisive breaks and Kevin Brown, a man Giants fans know only too well can command a game, was the classiest act on the field as he marshalled his troops in some style.

However, the opening exchanges proved tight and the Giants came closest to breaking the deadlock when the visiting defensive line failed to shackle hooker and playmaker Ryan Hinchcliffe.

However, the Australian’s attempt to shift the ball left at pace was a shade too slow and the cover had closed and winger Jamie Foster was only able to put the ball back inside five yards from the line, where it was intercepted.

Widnes had the next best chance on 11 minutes as former Giants skipper Brown slotted through a low kick that forced the home side to concede a drop out.

A minute later and the Vikings were in front as the way was opened in centre field for Chris Dean to touch down and Rhys Hanbury added the goal.

Hanbury was off-target from the touchline six minutes later after Stefan Marsh had raced in at the corner to

further improve Widnes’ advantage.

And then Charly Runciman strolled through as the Giants defence parted once again and touched down at the posts, allowing Hanbury the simplest of goals as the Vikings went 16 points ahead after 21 minutes.

Ten minutes later the Vikings could have been further ahead as Mellor raced through the Giants line and looked to send former Huddersfield academy player Chris Bridge in, but the centre fumbled an awkwardly-delivered pass.

Huddersfield Giants' Jermain McGillvary cannot get through the Vikings defence First Utility Super League XXI Huddersfield v Widnes 28/02/16 (Pic by John Rushworth)

The Giants finally found their mojo with a smart move on the right which saw Michael Lawrence break with purpose and send England international Jermaine McGillvary for the line, but as the winger was crowded out he put the ball back inside for Lawrence to cruise in for the try and winger Foster added the goal.

But the half ended with the Giants in disarray as forward Nathan Mason was sent to the sin-bin. A penalty handed Widnes the advantage and Macgraff LeuLuai crossed under posts to give Hanbury another easy goal and put the Vikings 22-6 up at half-time.

Any hopes the Giants had of clawing this contest back were scuppered virtually from the kick-off in the second half.

Widnes cut to the left at pace and Hanbury handed on to Charly Runciman, who sent Marsh in at the corner, the only joy for the home side was that Hanbury couldn’t add the goal.

The agony continued as again Widnes proved sharper with ball in hand and opened the path on the right for Corey Thompson to cross and Hanbury added the goal.

However, a quick riposte from the Giants that saw pressure converted into a try for loose forward Larne Patrick, goaled by Foster, gave at least a fleeting hope of getting back into the contest.

That hope was snatched away again 13 minutes from time as Thompson was allowed to cut in from the right and tumble over the line for his second try.

When Jamie Foster managed to find a route to the line and add a goal in the dying minutes it was little more than a consolation.