Following the two points we gained against London Irish last Sunday, it is good to see that we have moved off the bottom of the Zurich Premiership table. The chant of: "We're not bottom anymore," ringing out from the NEC Harlequins supporters in the stand was a pleasure to hear.
There are still a number of twists and turns to go before this season is over and we must concentrate on our own destiny, which involves playing London Wasps away on Friday 26th April, Leeds at the Stoop on Friday 3rd May and Sale Sharks away on Sunday 12th May.
Having said that, with Leeds coming to the Stoop in two weeks time there will be a number of the management team taking their seats at Welford Road on Friday night - primarily looking at Leeds in preparation for our game, but also looking to Leicester to achieve a decisive win.
Congratulations must go to Dean Richards and the Leicester Tigers, who last weekend won the Zurich Premiership for the fourth year running. This is a phenomenal achievement, and sets a target for the rest of the clubs in the league to try and achieve. They are a tremendous outfit and the rest of the Premiership needs to improve to offer Leicester some kind of challenge on a more consistent basis.
There has been a lot of debate with regards to the amount of injury time played on Sunday, which lasted about 8 minutes and 30 seconds. Tony Spreadbury and the Fourth Official handled this very well. They kept us fully informed of the amount of injury time to be played, which was extended further when Steve White-Cooper went down during the injury time, so no complaints there.
With regards to injuries, Paul Burke aggravated his foot injury but it is too early to say whether or not he will be fit for the match against London Wasps. Tony Diprose is improving well and we expect to see him back in full training next week. Both Mark Evans and I spoke with David Wilson recently and, although there is no change in terms of news with respect to his knee injury, clearly we are reaching the time when both he and Quins need to know if he will be able to return.
Clearly, much has been made of an unfortunate incident at The Madejski Stadium on Sunday while I was watching the game. It is very regrettable that such behaviour should occur anywhere, nevermind at a rugby match. However, London Irish are a good club, run by good people. I have always enjoyed going to London Irish both at The Madejski and at Sunbury, and I do not believe that the behaviour of one person should in anyway reflect upon the entire club. This weekend they play in the Powergen Cup Final (at our expense!) and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them every success on Saturday against Northampton Saints.
As ever, the support at Reading last weekend was tremendous and I am sure that you will out do yourselves again next Friday at Loftus Road, as we go looking for further points to move NEC Harlequins even further away from the bottom of the Premiership.
See you all soon.
PS - our Under 21 side are playing Northampton Saints U21's at the Stoop this Saturday, kick-off 12pm.
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.