HARLEQUINS coach Brian McDermott admitted he took a lot of pride in the way his side played during their 32-18 defeat to the Giants – because they had been beaten by such a good team.

The capital club remain bottom of the Super League table after losing for the sixth time in seven games.

But the former Giants No2, who was the assistant to Tony Smith at the Galpharm, was still enthused by his side’s efforts.

“I think that was our best performance of the season and I’m proud of them,” said McDermott.

“There are so many young players out there but slowly things are coming off and we are building something.

“We need to keep it real and we will not get ahead of ourselves.

“But the guys train really hard and they do care and people need to realise that.

“We started both halves very cold and that cost us the game, but we will take a lot out of it.

“We were up against a very good side in Huddersfield.

“They are very strong, very physical and can play a bit as well, so this was always going to be a tough game for us.

“But no-one could fault the character that was on show from the players.”