HUDDERSFIELD Giants were unable to build on a flying start as they suffered a disappointing 40-30 Junior Academy defeat at home to Bradford Bulls last night.
Tries from Richard Lopag and Shaun Garrod and two Chris Brooke goals put the hosts 12-0 up inside 15 minutes.
But due to a combination of missed chances and some smart Bradford play, the Bulls began to claw their way back and slowly gain the initiative.
Despite an unconverted try just before the break from in-form centre Michael Lawrence, the visitors led 22-16 at the break.
And the Bulls held on in the second half to deny coach Andy Procter's side another excellent win.
In a tight second half, Lawrence was rewarded with his second, while Ryan Gorman and Dave Townend also crossed and Brooke added a third conversion.
There was also disappointment for the Senior Academy, who are still searching for their first Championship triumph of the season after falling to a 50-26 defeat at Bradford Bulls.
But Under 21s coach Paul Moses will have been able to take a great deal of encouragement from the way his side performed in the second half.
The visitors looked in all sorts of trouble as they trailed 34-4 at the break, with damage limitation top of the second-half agenda.
Yet the more the game progressed, the more the Giants got into their stride, with Super League centre James Evans proving a calming influence.
His centre partner, Bolu Fagborun, led the second-half assault with a thoroughly deserved hat trick of tries against his hometown club, while opposite winger Ashley Johnson also crossed for a score.
And with substitute Chris Donlan adding another and Thomas Hemingway landing three goals, a great deal of respectability was restored.
But even though Huddersfield did come into the contest in the second 40 minutes, they were still second best on the night.
They had no real answer to the power and pace of the Bulls, with former Giants Scholarship pupil Sam Burgess claiming three tries from the loose-forward berth and full-back Dave Halley crossing twice.
Other tries came from Andy Smith, Keith Shackleton, Craig Kopczak and Mark Flannagan, who landed six goals.