The Waratahs and Qantas Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau still remembers The Gabba in 2001 when the 'Sea of Red' drowned out the Australian fans to acclaim a famous victory for the British & Irish Lions.
But the man who would have been in the thick of the Test action this month had he not broken his arm believes the home fans have learned a lot in the last 12 years and the contest off the field will be as tight and fascinating as the one on it.
There have been predictions of a possible 30,000 strong army of fans following the Lions in the test series and certainly the masses seemed to be assembling in Newcastle earlier in the week when the Lions made it four from four with a 64-0 win over the Combined Country XV.
"There aren't enough negative words in the English dictionary to describe what is going through my mind. At the same token I have got to look beyond that as well because there will be more games when I return after the third Test," said Polota-Nau.
"It will be exciting just watching from the sidelines - it is going to be a massive series. I first started playing rugby in 2001 and one of the first games I watched was Australia against the Lions at The Gabba in 2001.
"I thought what is this whole hype about the 'Sea of Red' - I thought I was reading a testament from the Bible or something. For that game at The Gabba it was just all red, but hopefully we can change that this time.
"We've got the 'stand shoulder to shoulder' campaign going on and I'm excited as a spectator and as an injured player because it is a once in 12 year opportunity to be part of something as special as this. You have to make the most of it."
The train from Newcastle to Sydney on Wednesday morning was full of Lions fans making their way to the next stop and the Lions' official travel company, Lions Rugby Travel, are now starting to put in place the major air drops from the UK and Ireland to Australia.
"The weather has been fantastic in Australia, the warmth of the welcome as good as ever and the team is playing exceedingly well. The Lions are undefeated in four matches, but now is the time they need as much help as their wonderful fans can give them," said Mike Stevens, who is on the full tour experience with Lions Rugby Travel.
"The fans are starting to find their voice and they all know they are a key part of the overall match-day plan. The first Test is Brisbane is rapidly approaching and that game will be key to the outcome of the series.
"What the Lions want is a repeat of what happened 12 years ago when they blitzed the Aussies both on and off the field. The 'Sea of Red' is starting to swell and the signs are that Brisbane will be the rugby capital of the world next weekend.
"There is still a chance for any latecomers to get in on the act and experience a once in a lifetime rugby trip with the Lions' official travel company."
The fans have been enjoying top quality hospitality both before and after the matches in Australia and getting to meet the Lions players at training sessions and other functions. They have been able to report back on the mood in the Lions camp.
"It has been great to see the players looking so fit and relaxed. The game against the Queensland Reds was sensational and the tour can only get better from here on in," Mike added.
"The players have all been very open and friendly - I've got three Lions pin badges and a dozen autographs already - and I'm having the time of my rugby life out here. Next up is the three-match Test series - bring it on!"
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