IT was tough trying to find positives from our agonising 13-12 defeat at Catalan Dragons a week ago.
After all, it cost us the chance to move two points clear at the top of the Super League XVI table.
But something that left us all feeling proud was the level of support we had out there.
Obviously, the fact we didn’t get them the win that the fans deserved hit us particularly hard. We would have loved to have sent them all back to England happy.
But I still hope they were able to enjoy their time out there, despite the travelling expense and their accommodation etc, etc.
They must be so committed to the cause to make sacrifices like that, and you can rest assured it is very much appreciated.
I don’t know exactly how many fans we had inside the ground, but it must have been around the 500-mark, which is an incredible effort, particularly given the tough financial climate.
Yet having said all that, our away support this year in general has been noticeably higher than ever before.
In our last three trips, we’ve had record Giants following at Leeds and Crusaders, while they were again out in force in the South France.
That’s another clear indication of the progress the Giants are making as a club, and it’s definitely the sign of a successful side.
By all accounts, we’ll be taking around 3,000 to Mount Pleasant tomorrow for the Challenge Cup game against Batley, and you simply can’t out a price on support like that.
But while there are so many encouraging signs for us on the crowd front, as well as for Super League in general given the bumper Easter attendances, it’s not quite so upbeat down at Harlequins.
On the field, there’s a lot for us to be positive about, with the number of London-based players now emerging on the professional scene absolutely fantastic to see.
But an attendance of under 2,000 for their last home game against Salford is extremely worrying.
Personally, I don’t know what the Quins can do about this, but a massive improvement in their performances after such a bright start to the season has to be a good place to start.
I’m sure that if they could get their hands on some new top-quality players, the wins would start to return along with the fans.
I know I’m a bit biased, but Quins coach Rob Powell is doing a good job down there.
Rob’s a good friend of mine since the days we played RL together at Newcastle University, and I know if he had the same amount of tools as the clubs in the north of England at his disposal he’d be making the Quins a major force.
That’s just what I intend to tell him when I catch up with him next week.
Now’s the time to give Rob all the encouragement he can get, and to tell him to keep the faith.