Huddersfield coach Rick Stone admitted his players dipped below their usual standards during Friday’s 14-10 defeat at Hull.
The result left the Giants eighth at the end of the regular season fixtures and Stone believes his team will need to improve if they’re to make an impact on the Super 8s.
“The effort was okay and we had courage – but we made too many errors and completed at 63 percent overall,” said Stone.
“We looked tired and it showed in our execution. As poor as we were in execution, we have to give credit to Hull.
“They are a proud team and were back at home after a month of playing away from home. If we want to beat a team of this quality, we have to execute better.
“Our kicking was poor and they were more selective throughout the whole game. We got our fair share in the second half, but it became a real arm wrestle.
“We had a few chances and they had a few chances, but defences were on top in the second half with no tries scored.”