Every coach in the Zurich Premiership will tell you there are no easy games in the league anymore, home or away. To prove that theory, NEC Harlequins suffered a defeat at bottom placed Newcastle Falcons at the weekend (1st February 2003), which was the home sides first league victory in eight games.
"We got to 13-10 at half-time, turned around and we just didn't play," said Quins head coach and Chief Executive Mark Evans, clearly dejected that his side had fallen apart once again on the road after a promising start.
"Our intensity level which had been very good first half was completely absent in the second, and we got our backsides kicked," he said.
"I thought we played well first half against the wind. We played a really good, but in the second half we were really poor."
"But if you fall off tackles and let any side get behind you twice in ten minutes; you look at the scoreboard and it is 27-10 and the game is finished."
"We lost the game in ten minutes and then we lost our shape, but that wasn't what lost us the game," continued the Quins boss.
"We lost the game because we were not nearly as intense and physical enough in the first ten minutes of the second half and Newcastle took advantage and all credit to them."
"Intensity in and around the tackle area was fantastic for 40 minutes and really poor for the next 40, and that is the difference."
Evans denied that Quins were just not good enough to win away, despite their poor run that has seen just three draws in 19 league attempts on the road.
"We are a good enough side to win away but our away record is very poor. But it doesn't matter where you are, at home or away, if you have a 40 minutes like that you are going to get beat."
"It wouldn't matter where were playing, if you are going to play like we did in the second 40, particularly the third quarter, you are not going to beat anybody."
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.