A ROYAL Marine before taking up professional rugby league, Quins coach Brian McDermott is a no-nonsense character.
He took over as head coach at Harlequins from Tony Rea in July 2006 and has since made considerable progress in the capital.
As a prop forward, he had 10 years with Bradford Bulls, winning the Challenge Cup, Super League and World Club Challenge.
When he retired as a player in 2003, McDermott joined the Giants’ coaching staff and then followed head coach Tony Smith to Leeds Rhinos, where the duo enjoyed Super League success.
HARLEQUINS have made a blistering start to Super League XIV and are the current top scorers in the competition.
After opening with a hard-fought 12-8 triumph at Castleford Tigers, coach Brian McDermott’s side suffered a narrow 24-18 home defeat to Wigan Warriors.
But there response to that couldn’t have been spectacular.
In their next game, they thrashed Salford City Reds 48-18 at The Willows and last weekend secured a remarkable 60-8 victory over Warrington Wolves at The Stoop.
At the heart of that emphatic triumph were new half-back pairing Danny Orr and Luke Dorn and ever-dangerous hooker Chad Randall.
And if the Giants don’t keep a very close eye on this highly-talented trio, then the men from the capital could take some beating.