HUDDERSFIELD Giants skipper Kevin Brown admitted that errors wrecked Huddersfield’s hopes of a return to Wembley.
The Giants were beaten 33-6 in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final at the City of Salford Stadium by Warrington Wolves, who now face Leeds.
And captain Brown said: “The boys tried hard but Warrington were simply too good for us.
“Sadly we came up with quite a few mistakes and you cannot afford that against a side like Warrington.”
Brown started the game at stand off half as a string of positional changes were made for the semi-final.
Head coach Nathan Brown said that, following the 52-6 Super League defeat against Castleford Tigers, the players had expressed a desire to change the pattern of play, but the skipper said it had not amounted to a revolt.
“We had a word about a few things, but really it was a matter of tweaking some areas,” he said.
“But what we couldn’t do was make mistakes and there were a couple of passes put down and kicks missed – and Warrington are going to make the most of those chances.”
The Giants now face a battle to climb up the Super League table having slipped to seventh after a run of seven defeats in eight league outings, starting with next week’s home game against Wakefield on Sunday.
“Seventh is far too low for the Giants in Super League,” said Brown.
“I think we have about seven games left and we have got to look to get back into the best form we can before we go into the play-offs.
“You can’t afford to go into games in poor form and we found that out against Warrington.”
Wolves coach Tony Smith, the former Giants boss, said: “I thought Huddersfield played well.
“They came out firing and made us work hard.
“I thought we controlled things once we got into the game but they were never far off our tail.
“My boys were determined. I thought our forwards were terrific and commitment to our defence was awesome.”
Warrington, who were 1-6 favourites to secure a third Wembley appearance in four were largely indebted to two 34-year-olds for their victory.
Brett Hodgson, who captained Huddersfield in their 2009 Wembley defeat by the Wolves, was immaculate in defence and contributed 17 points in a man-of-the-match display, while stand-off Lee Briers tormented the Giants with an aerial bombardment which helped produce two of their five tries.
Smith had opted for experience by recalling Briers and fellow veteran Paul Wood at the expense of youngsters Gareth O’Brien, who had played the club’s 12 previous matches including all three Cup-ties, and Mike Cooper.
“It was a very difficult decision because both have been playing well for us,” Smith said.
“Some days you get it right and some days you get it wrong.
“We had a very experienced team out there and I think that helped us. There was a real calmness before the game.
“Brett Hodgson’s a great general. He showed a lot of composure and was mistake-free at the back.
“He’s a wily old thing. He might not be the fastest or biggest but he’s one of the smartest and he’s tough. I’m delighted for him.”