There were a couple of extremely impressive matches that took place last Saturday, both in terms of events on the field and off it.
In the Championship, Rotherham demolished league leaders Bristol by a scoreline of 44-6 that was not so much handsome as irresistible.
Perhaps this casts a different light on Moseley’s defeat to the Titans seven days earlier.
And in National One, Coventry held on to beat Rosslyn Park 30-29, a victory that might be as notable given the fact the average age of Coventry’s backline was 20 years and 10 months and that they played without three men who have captained them this season.
But what both matches proved is the lure of winning rugby. Coventry’s attendance hit four figures for the second time in three home matches and it is surely no coincidence their average gate is up three per cent on last year when the side are fourth in the table.
Phil Maynard’s team are just two points from second place and while they face something of an acid test at Fylde on Saturday, a record of seven wins from ten games is having an impact on how often the turnstiles revolve.
One can only imagine the explosion of interest should they extend their good run to the end of the season when Jersey arrive for the penultimate game.
The situation is similar at Rotherham where more than 2,000 people watched Titans beat the Men from the Mem. The corresponding fixture last year attracted 1,237 and in 2010 there were 1,257.
The difference? Success. Rotherham are second in the Championship and under Andre Bester they have the look of a runaway train.
They might not last the distance, nor emulate the second place finish of 2007, but with their alpine pack and decent kicking game they stand a good chance of lasting the winter.
And it doesn’t even seem to matter what style a winning-team is playing.
Bester’s Rotherham scored three of their four tries through the backs against Bristol but the bludgeon remains the weapon of choice.
At Coventry they have reined in their expansive game and while the ‘tries for’ column remains a concern to Maynard, the results do not.
All of which might be useful when considering the age old debate about whether it is more important to prioritise a club’s infrastructure or playing squad.