A LACK of consistency once again came back to haunt the Giants as they stuttered and stumbled to defeat at in-form Castleford Tigers.
Already, the magnificent 44-14 Challenge Cup win over Salford three weeks ago looks a distant memory.
A repeat performance or, indeed, the level of performance shown in the 19-6 Super League defeat at Hull the week before would surely have been enough to have toppled the Tigers.
But with Jon Sharp side's still struggling to develop a consistent streak, Huddersfield suffered another bad day at the office.
To be fair, the Giants were not helped in their build-up to this contest.
The serious knee injury to Paul March in last week's scrappy win over Catalans was simply a taste of things to come on the fitness front.
Martin Aspinwall (ribs) and James Evans (virus) were both expected to recover, but then failed fitness tests on the eve of the game.
And also in the final training session, in-form goalkicking centre Michael De Vere suffered a quad-muscle injury and was also ruled out.
From looking in reasonable shape earlier in the week - March aside - Sharp was left at the 11th hour without his two starting centres and his in-form winger.
As a result, the pack had to be re-shuffled and many of the battle plans had to be re-drawn.
On top of that, they faced a Tigers team still purring after gaining an unexpected home point against Bradford Bulls the week before.
And they also faced a referee in Phil Bentham who did little to inspire the confidence of the visitors with a catalogue of strange decisions.
Castleford, too, were at times not helped by the man in the middle, which resulted in a game that was at times too scrappy for its own good.
Not that the home side were complaining, of course.
With new signing Danny Brough pulling the strings following his midweek move from Hull, the Tigers were soon well into their stride.
Within three minutes they had taken the lead as Danny Sculthorpe's clever kick early in the tackle count caught the defence unawares and Waine Pryce pounced to score the opening try for Brough to add the first of his four conversions.
Fortunately, the Giants made the perfect response.
Within moments of Brad Drew coming desperately close to following up his own chip ahead to score in the eighth minute, Chris Nero was powering to the line and feeding Stuart Donlan to finish off in style in the corner.
And seven minutes later, they had taken the lead.
Again, the excellent Donlan was the main man.
First, he took a high kick under tremendous pressure inside his in-goal area, and then moments later he was combining with Nero to send Paul Smith racing over by the posts.
Fit-again Chris Thorman added the conversion and the Giants had the lead at 10-8.
But, unfortunately, that's as good as it got.
In the 28th minute, Danny Ward crashed over from close range to put the Tigers back in front and five minutes later Gray Viane touchdown down with a carbon copy of Pryce's opening score.
The Giants did restore hope when Donlan once again finished off superbly in the corner to make it 18-14.
But the least said about the second half, the better.
By the end of the contest, Pryce, Viane and Adam Fletcher had doubled Castleford's try tally and a miserable afternoon for the Giants was complete.
* There was nothing better to report on the Academy front, with the Seniors and Juniors losing their respective games in the DRAM Centre double-header. All the details tomorrow.