TOP Giants' forward Ben Roarty has issued a public apology for his side's poor performance in the Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens.
But the Australian believes the experience of losing 46-6 to Saints on Sunday will stand Huddersfield in good stead for battles further down the track.
Roarty and the Giants make a return to the Halliwell-Jones Stadium to face Warrington Wolves in Super League this weekend.
It will be a massive test of the Giants' character, coming so soon after the disappointment of a big Cup exit.
But the 27-year-old back-rower is confident the side has what it takes to bounce straight back.
"Saints were superb against us, and they would have given any side in the world a game," said Roarty, who was an Australian Grand Final winner with Melbourne Storm in 1999.
"But I have to admit I was still a bit embarrassed for the fans over the way we played, and I would like to apologise to them for the way it went.
"It certainly was no fault of the club or the coaching staff that we played the way we did.
"Our preparation leading up to the game was perfect. It was as good as any I'd been a part of in Australia.
"It's just that when it came to the crunch on the field we under-performed, and against a side like St Helens the outcome is inevitable.
"The fans were fantastic that day and I just wish we could have given them the show they deserved.
"The atmosphere they helped create was nothing short of unbelievable.
"There was just over 13,000 inside the ground, but it seemed more like 40,000 because of the noise everyone was generating.
"St Helens may well have outnumbered us two to one, but we could definitely hear our fans, and it gave us a massive buzz."
Now, however, Roarty and his Giants teammates are looking to put the experience of last Sunday behind them and start to look ahead.
"We'll all be stronger for this semi-final experience," he added.
"What we intend to do now is put this match behind us and look to move on in Super League.
"We expect to be involved in semi-final action in Super League at the end of this season, and last Sunday is important preparation for that."