Last Sunday we beat Cornish Pirates by 50-6 in what was a hard fought game, which was not won until the last quarter. Although dominating possession for most of the early stages, the Pirates defence held firm under huge pressure and at half-time when you are less than a score in front, you are only to well aware that anything can happen.
On Wednesday evening we beat Manu Samoa 29-15 in what was another physical contest. There were very strong performances from Chris Robshaw, George Harder, Mike Brown and many others.
Our congratulations go to Steve So'oialo, who has been picked by Manu Samoa to play against England tomorrow at Twickenham. Steve was called up to the Samoan squad on Tuesday afternoon, and then had the temerity to score against us on Wednesday evening having come off the bench! We wish him all the very best on his return to international rugby.
However, before we all get over excited following recent results, we have two huge National Division One games coming up after this weekend, when we return to our travels to face third in the table Bedford Blues (3rd December) and fourth placed Plymouth (10th December). These will both be huge encounters against very strong opposition.
This weekend we travel to Bridgwater in the sixth round of the Powergen National Trophy. Bridgwater currently lie in sixth place in National Division Three South, having played eight games, winning four and losing four.
The team to play Bridgwater will be confirmed later today, with the likes of Andre Vos, Andrew Mehrtens, Ugo Monye, Simon Miall and Nick Easter all travelling. We will be setting off for Bridgwater on Saturday morning, risking the snow and various roadworks on the way!
We are only too well aware that this game is being billed as the biggest game in Bridgwater & Albion's history, and that all their players and supporters will be looking to make our day as difficult as possible on the pitch. That said, we are clear favourites to progress into the next round and no doubt another away tie - venue to be confirmed!
Finally, having had my arm forced behind my back, I have been asked by our Harlequins Ladies team to mention their 2006 calendar, which was very tastefully photographed at the Twickenham Stoop. Copies of the calendar can be purchased via the Ladies website at www.harlequinsladies.co.uk.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.