Huddersfield Head coach Paul Anderson was left bitterly disappointed after the Giants were knocked out of the playoffs by Catalan Dragons.
Huddersfield were much improved from their 57-4 hammering at Wigan last week but it was an 11th defeat in 14 play-off ties for the Giants.
"It hurts more than last week because the year is over," Anderson said. "We saw an improvement in some areas and the scoreline wasn't as bad as last week.
"But it was a reflection of our year. We were good in patches. All year we have never strung 80 minutes together and it was the same tonight. We never turned the screw and it has been the tale of our year.
"I am massively disappointed about the season. We started round one with big expectation but consistency throughout the year cost us.
"It wasn't just week by week but within games.
"We have had inconsistencies within performance and individual performances throughout games. It ends up hurting you.
"We went into this game with every expectation of winning, going to St Helens and winning the competition. But it has gone.
"For the investment in this team and this club it's not good enough. We need to be better."
Hull FC forward Dean Hadley has signed a new contract that will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of 2016.
The 22-year-old Hull-born back rower, who made his debut against Catalan Dragons last season, has established himself in Lee Radford's side this year, appearing in 13 of their last 19 matches.
"What Dean brings to training and what he has brought this year on the field has been immense," Radford said.
"And he has taken huge strides in his development, which is why we were keen to offer him this extension."
Bradford Bulls' caretaker coach Matt Diskin has promised his side will be "fired up" for tonight's clash with Hull KR.
Diskin has been left to pick up the pieces following the Bulls' crushing 46-18 defeat at Salford last Sunday and the subsequent sacking of head coach Francis Cummins and his long-serving assistant Lee St Hilaire.
Victory against the Robins is a must if Bradford are to keep alive their slender hopes of avoiding relegation from the First Utility Super League and Diskin believes the players are ready for the fight.
"We are smarting as a group and are desperate to respond," the former Leeds hooker said.
"With that in mind, I believe our supporters can expect to witness a fired-up Bulls team tonight. I think it goes without saying that we have only one aim."
Not surprisingly, Diskin has selected himself and, after expressing his dismay at the latest turn of events and agreeing reluctantly to step into the breach, he has thrown himself wholeheartedly into his first coaching experience.
Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker is to be investigated over allegations that he made homophobic comments during the Rhinos' 24-6 Super League defeat at Warrington last Friday.
Hardaker, who was a member of England's 2013 World Cup squad, is alleged to have mouthed a homophobic reference towards referee James Child and the incident has been referred to the Rugby Football League's compliance department, which has begun an investigation.
Leeds Rhinos forward Carl Ablett will lose his ever-present record this season after being handed a two-match ban.
The second rower admitted kicking Warrington centre Joel Monaghan in the act of scoring during the Rhinos' 24-6 defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last Friday.
Ablett, who has not missed a game since last June, will sit out Leeds' Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Leigh on Friday as well as the league game against Huddersfield on Thursday week.
Wakefield prop Richard Moore will miss his club's home game against London Broncos on Friday week after admitting a Grade B striking offence during his side's 20-12 defeat at Bradford last Sunday. He was given a one-match ban.
Wakefield Wildcats forward Chris Annakin has been served with a five-match ban by the Rugby Football League.
Annakin was charged with a dangerous throw in his side's loss to Warrington on Sunday and was given his punishment on Tuesday night.
His ban means coach Richard Agar will not be able to call on him for the crucial relegation scrap with Bradford on Sunday. He will also sit out meetings with London, Wigan, Hull and Leeds.
Hull FC take on local rivals Hull KR today in the Magic Weekend fixture at Manchester's Etihad Stadium.
Hull coach Lee Radford makes two changes to the team that lost to Wigan, with centre Ben Crooks dropping out with a pelvic injury and forward Josh Bowden making way for the return of Dean Hadley. There is also a recall for Jordan Rankin, who is expected to win back his half-back spot.
Rovers coach Craig Sandercock has largely kept faith with his side, recalling prop Jonny Walker from suspension in the only change to the line-up that drew at Salford.
In the draw for the fifth round, Hunslet travel to Wigan, Featherstone are at Leigh, the big one sees Leeds at home to St Helens, Doncaster go to Warrington, Bradford entertain Catalans, Keighley travel to Swinton, and Castleford are at home to Sheffield Eagles.