THE presence of several Super League squad men failed to inspire the Giants to a Senior Academy triumph at the DRAM Centre.
Despite playing their full part in a clash that was evenly contested throughout, the home side conceded two late tries to lose 20-10 to St Helens.
That was certainly disappointing given the way the Giants' experienced Super League players had given the team a big lift.
Props Andy Raleigh and Darrell Griffin made their presence felt up front, while fit-again back rower Paul Smith also proved a handful out wide.
And there were also some positive signs from on-loan Wigan utility back Sean Gleeson, who finally made his Huddersfield debut after missing the pre-season game against Leigh the week before with a stomach bug.
But, in the end, their contributions weren't enough as a bright Saints start and decisive late flurry sealed the Giants' fate.
Within 10 minutes, the visitors had made their intentions clear, grabbing tries from Steve Bannister and Paul Leyland and a Steve Tyrer goal to open up a 10-0 lead.
That's the way it stayed at the break.
When Griffin and Chris Donlon crossed for scores and Tom Hemingway added a goal to level the scores by the 56th minute, it looked as if the Giants were going to go on and win.
But apart from a late break from James Martin, Saints were on top, with futher tries from Kyle Eastmond and Tyrer settling it.