EXACTLY how high a price are the Giants now paying for their excellent start to the Super League season?
It appears an exceptionally high one!
From the opening week of the season, Huddersfield have occupied a top six play-off spot.
In the first 12 Super League games of the season they had won eight, including a home victory over Wigan, and during that time also reached the semi-final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in 33 years.
And just two more wins are required from the last seven games to represent the Giants' most successful season in their Super League history.
But in the space of two months, all this has been forgotten.
In that time the Giants have lost seven and won two, and the natives are distinctly restless!
Halfway through the season the Giants were regarded by many as world-beaters, but are now regarded by others as no-hopers!
It is obvious the fantastic start coach Jon Sharp's men made to the season raised expectations to an all-time high level.
So as soon as the results and the performances dipped, the opinion of the Giants slipped and the early-season illusions were quickly shattered.
Clearly, some of the recent Huddersfield displays have been called into question, but once again the great start hasn't helped the cause.
It is obvious listening to rival coaches that they now fear and respect the Giants and no longer risk `resting' players against Sharp's play-off chasing side. They are not prepared to leave anything to chance.
And these coaches are also well aware that they now have the chance to get the better of a Giants side who are showing the scars of their early successes.
It's no major secret that Huddersfield have one of the smallest squads in the competition and many of the players are going into games carrying injuries.
By reaching the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, the Giants have not had the luxury of a break and it's taking its toll.
Every week at least one senior player is forced to concede defeat on the injury-front, despite every effort to make the starting line-up.
And just how much are the Giants now missing the midfield direction and dynamism of hooker Darren Turner, who has been forced to quit the club after undergoing a knee reconstruction two months ago?
When the chips were down and the pressure was on, there was no better man to have in the middle than Turner.
The players who have come in to replace him, and all of their teammates for that matter, have been doing their utmost in a bid to turn things around.
Maybe the time is right to give this some thought.