THE Super League table doesn’t make happy reading for Harlequins.
Last Sunday’s 26-22 home defeat to fellow strugglers Salford City Reds resulted in the competition’s capital club slumping to the bottom of the table, with just one win – 16-4 against Catalans Dragons at The Stoop a month ago – from their opening six top-flight fixtures.
A horrendous injury list has been at the heart of their woes, and is carrying on from a wretched second half of last season.
There were times during 2009 when Quins looked like genuine title challengers, with a highly-impressive 40-10 win at Hull KR in June suggesting they were more than capable of mounting an Old Trafford Grand Final charge.
Unfortunately, that good work was blown away by an awful run that saw Brian McDermott’s side lose 11 of their last 12 League fixtures and they plummeted to an 11th-placed finish.
And judging by the start they’ve made in 2010 it could prove another tough year for McDermott’s men.
A FORMER Bradford Bulls and Great Britain prop, Quins coach Brian McDermott enjoyed tremendous success during a club career that emerged after a stint as a Royal Marine.
After hanging up his boots, McDermott joined the coaching staff at the Giants to work under Tony Smith and then followed him to Leeds.
He took over as Harlequins head coach from Tony Rea in July 2006 and is in his fourth full season in charge of the London club.
AUSTRALIAN Chad Randall is now in his fifth season with Harlequins and is widely regarded as one of Super League’s top hookers.
Tough, uncompromising and highly intelligent, Randall’s stewardship of Quins from centre field has often been a key reason behind their on-field success.
An ever-present during 2007 and 2008, the 29-year-old became the first man to play 100 games for Harlequins RL midway through last season and followed that up by registering 100 successive appearances for the club three rounds later.
Randall has previously played for Manly Sea Eagles in the Australian NRL and is a massive fans’ favourite.
QUINS: Bibb, Bolger, Bryan, Clubb, Golden, Howell, Jones-Bishop, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Melling, O'Callaghan, Orr, Randall, Sharp, Smith, May, Ward, Wilkes, Williams, Williamson.
GIANTS: B Hodgson, Cudjoe, Lolesi, D Hodgson, Brown, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Gilmour, Fa’alogo, Wild, Raleigh, D Griffin, Faiumu, Grix, Aspinwall, Patrick, Horne, Walker.
REFEREE: Phil Bentham.