Huddersfield coach Ian Watson hailed the display of debutant Will Pryce in their defeat to Super League leaders Catalans.
The injury-hit Giants fell to a fourth successive defeat on Thursday night as they went down to a 50-12 loss against the Dragons.
Watson handed a debut to Pryce, the 18-year-old son of former Great Britain stand-off Leon, in the absence of three first-choice half-backs.
“I thought Will was really good,” said Watson. “He came on and was chattering away, he was being Will. He just went out there to play rugby.
“We wanted him to get his hands on the ball and be a threat and he did that. I just wish we could have got a result and made it a memorable debut, but I’m sure he’ll have many more appearances.
“I thought we started well in a way, but we were a little bit soft in defence. For the first 20 minutes we were in an arm wrestle.
“It took us a while to start moving the ball and when we did our defence started to go soft so it’s a balancing act.
“Perhaps because we were playing Catalans and they are top of the table, we probably respected them a little too much.
“I am disappointed with the result, but there were some individuals who stood up and played big minutes.
“If you look at our spine, it’s decimated, and we’ve got to find a way to get a bit of continuity in that spine and go forward with it.”