Harlequins Rugby League 24 Huddersfield Giants 0
HENRY PAUL has played down Harlequins Rugby League's Super League chances - despite them going joint top on Saturday.
Quins have never made the end-of-season play-offs since morphing out of the London Broncos three years ago.
But they now sit pretty in second, on the same points as leaders and reigning champions Leeds Rhinos - who they visit tomorrow night - following victory over Huddersfield.
And Kiwi loose forward Paul, who is fighting to be fit for the Leeds game after suffering a bicep injury against Huddersfield, insists his teammates are staying focused.
He said: "We are not getting overly carried away, but the start we have had this season is pleasing because of the effort that was put in pre-season.
"Winning the last four games was the perfect way to bounce back from our opening game defeat against Wigan.
"We are keeping our heads and playing with composure this year. Our style is more conducive to getting results.
"We are not being reckless. It's very controlled, and that is giving us confidence."
Boss Brian McDermott, who a fortnight ago warned fans to ignore the table when they sat third, echoed Paul's cry not to get carried away.
He said: "If the season was five games long we would be in the Grand Final, but we all know there is a long way to go yet."
Huddersfield had no answer to tries from Chad Randall, David Howell, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Rikki Sheriffe, as well as the accurate kicking of Henry Paul and Rob Purdham, who bagged two goals each.
But McDermott was just as pleased with his side's clean sheet as their attacking guile.
He added: "Attack and defence are linked, and if you're good in one area of the game, it links into the other.
"In the first half, they had a real crack at us and we kept them out. While that didn't win us the game, it determined what type of game it would be. The Giants are a very good team, but we were ready for them."