DEFIANT Giants coach Jon Sharp is confident his players will emerge as stronger individuals as a result of yesterday's heavy semi-final setback.

Sharp watched his side torn apart by a rampant St Helens side, who dominated the contest from start to finish.

But the McAlpine chief was remaining positive and believes some very important lessons have been learned.

"I said last week that for us to stand any chance of beating St Helens we had to be at our very best," he said.

"We weren't at our best, and the result was there for everyone to see.

"Saints, on the other hand, were very good, particularly their `gun' players.

"The likes of Long, Sculthorpe and Cunningham all played well, and if that happens you've got problems.

"But I don't want my players to let this setback get the better of them.

"This has been a brilliant experience for the boys, because a lot of them have never sampled anything like this.

"They will have learned a tremendous amount from this experience, and they'll be a lot better for it. I have no doubt about it."