I NEVER thought it would be possible for 13,000 people to make so much noise!
Back in Australia I played in two Grand Final semi-finals for Newcastle Knights in front of over 20,000 fans and had been to the Grand Final itself when there were over 80,000 in the stadium.
But none of these could compare to the noise generated by the 13,000 fans inside the Halliwell-Jones Stadium for our semi-final against St Helens.
I think there are a number of reasons why this is the case, most notably the fact that the supporters are tucked in tighter and the stands are far closer to the pitch than in Australia.
Walking onto the field ready for kick-off was a truly unbelievable experience and is something that will live with me forever.
It's just a shame the game itself was such a letdown for us.
Yet, at the end of the day, we had to concede that we were well beaten by a fantastic St Helens side, with Sean Long's kicking game right out of the top drawer.
I think what hurt us as players was the fact we went into the game feeling very confident.
Our weekend preparation was excellent.
We trained at the McAlpine on Saturday lunchtime and then stayed in a hotel at Warrington that night, when we held a team meeting.
The following morning we went over to have a good look at the ground, and our goalkickers had a bit of practise.
Paul March looked really good in the warm-up, so it was just a shame he only had one crack at goal in the game itself!
But that game's gone now, and the key is to move on and get back to the bread and butter of Super League.
We know we have what it takes to bounce back, and we resume our campaign a far wiser side as a result of last week's experience.
The level of support for us at the stadium showed how much support there is for us out there, and it's something we really do appreciate.
That in itself is motivation enough for us to go back out onto the field and put smiles back on faces.