HUDDERSFIELD’S second string opened their Reserve Team Championship campaign against Bradford Bulls with a 48-22 defeat at Odsal.
Despite making a bright start to open the scoring, the Giants were guilty of producing far too many errors and, after trailing 20-10 at the interval, spent much of the game on the back foot.
It was a disappointing first game in charge for reserve chief Paul Cook, whose players had shown up so well in the pre-season games.
But he believes his young side will learn from the experience and will soon be making a positive impact in the competition.
“No-one ever likes to lose, and we’re obviously disappointed with the way things went,” said Cook, who had former Bulls man Larne Patrick, Greg Worthington and Jack Sampson among his try scorers.
“But the key for us now is to work hard, get another good couple of training sessions and make sure we’re ready to go again.”
Cook believed it was fitting Patrick grabbed a try on his competitive Giants debut after producing a solid all-round game, while fellow new boys, hooker Keal Carlile and full-back Josh Griffin, also showed some good signs in their first run-outs after recovering from shoulder surgery.