"I think the coaches and players should be congratulated for producing two high quality games, full of intensity and good rugby with both outcomes not settled until the last minute. I was at Belle Vue in 1964 when 28,000 were crammed in to see the Castleford v Widnes Cup semi-final replay, but the atmosphere wasn't as good as it was last Friday, when the fans of the Rhinos and Wildcats reminded us all just how crucial a role the fan has when it comes to showcasing our game to others.
"We pride ourselves on the family friendly make up of our audiences with good nature, give and take banter being part of it. Occasionally, this spills over with odd outbursts of excessive chanting and anti social behaviour on the terraces, and when it does occur we are all desperately disappointed because Rugby League fans care about our game and its reputation and we are hurt when it is damaged. So, it came as a disappointment to me when the fans of Leeds v Wakefield were segregated last week following trouble at a recent Wakefield v Widnes game.
"I hope this proves to be an isolated occasion and the 28,000 fans from both Clubs can take the lead by raising the level of courtesy and friendliness to opposing fans at our remaining games this season."