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Memories of bitter defeat and bitter beers
OK - we need a story to kick start the message board. Here's one I made earlier (12 years earlier) when I was lucky enough to get to Auckland for the third Lions Test. It covers the beer available then, if anyone has updates they're welcome to comment.
Saints v Quins: Lost The Battle But Won The War
Last chance saloon, both Saints and Quins know exactly what it is they have to do to achieve the much vaunted sixth place in the Premiership final placings to give them a place in the European Champions Cup next season. Difficult one to call but my prediction was a win for Saints by a couple of points leaving Quins with the spoils.
Harlequins vs Wasps - Good Evans, Consistency at Last
Two very strong looking sides lined up under the lights at The Stoop with everything to play for with Quins needing a win to keep alive their chance of making sixth place in the Premiership and a place in next seasons Champions Cup with the prize for Wasps being an almost certain home draw in the end of season play offs.
Exeter Match Report – The Agony and the Exe-tasy
They say that the scoreboard does not lie, but as Quins ran out 26-39 losers to Exeter on a cracking Good Friday evening game at a packed Stoop, the glowing lights were telling a fib or two. There’s no doubt that a more dangerous looking Exe side deserved the win – a 5-3 try count tells its own story – but a final quarter, that saw the bounce of the ball favour Exe so much that Rob Baxter was on the phone checking his Euro-Millions numbers, put a lopsided look to the bill. Credit to Exe: they defended well and took their chances with some style. Quins just ran out of inspiration and luck in that final 20 minutes.
Harlequins vs Newcastle: Quins whistle a happy toon!
Bright warm sunshine under clear blue skies and a sell out Stoop, difficult to imagine a better scenario for watching a game of rugby. And what about the team, it seems like forever that we have managed to field a match day squad of such strength, it is worth looking at again in case it was all in the imagination; 15. Mike Brown 14. Marland Yarde 13. Joe Marchant 12. Jamie Roberts 11. Tim Visser 10. Nick Evans 9. Danny Care 1. Joe Marler 2. Rob Buchanan 3. Will Collier 4. George Merrick 5. James Horwill 6. Chris Robshaw 7. Dave Ward (C) 8. Mat Luamanu 16. Joe Gray 17. Mark Lambert 18. Kyle Sinckler 19. Charlie Matthews 20. Jack Clifford 21. Charlie Mulchrone 22. Tim Swiel 23. Alofa Alofa
Gloucester vs Harlequins: Castle Grim Stormed and Looted
With our current form and diabolical away record there was only likely to be one result from our annual day trip to Castle Grim which does make you wonder why any Quins fans bother to make the trip. The answer is of course that you support your team through the bad times as well as the good but we have been severely tested in this our 150th year.
Leicester vs Harlequins : Burns Night
Before I get stuck into the match report I thought I’d clear up a bit of uncertainty following a muffled explosion in the Twickenham area on Friday evening. English Heritage issued the following statement: “English Heritage is sad to announce that the treasured local antiquity, Fortress Stoop, was blown up on Friday evening by a gang of architectural terrorists called the “Tigers”. The so called Tigers are believed to originate from Leicester, the UK’s most architecturally challenged town, and are on a Taliban-like mission to reduce the UK to the same mind-numbing 1960s inflicted architectural tedium that affects Leicester.
Bath vs Harlequins : Late show from Nashville Catts
It may have taken until nearly the last quarter for Bath to wake up but when they did it was enough to ease past Quins 22-12. Quins just didn’t make it hard enough, on a second foray into the Wild West in eight days, for the Nashville aristos. Nor did Quins do enough to nick the bonus point that their performance should have earned, which was disappointing. Bath were muscular enough to generate five kickable penalties to Quins’ none and so made light of the 1-2 try count against them.
Quins v Sale, AW Cup. Sale seal late steal
Sale nicked the final group game of the Unfathomable Cup with a late penalty from Will Addison to edge an un-entertaining but sometimes engaging game 13-10 on windy and wet night in west London. Sale must have felt right home though: a Friday night kick off, half empty stadium, rain and wind and a selection of dodgy pies on sale at the ground. [Ed: can’t you fit in a gratuitous whippet or flat cap reference then?]. The cynic might say that three penalties, a rolling maul try and a penalty try are a great advert for the game. Unfortunately that game is rugby league. Hey, maybe I’m being harsh here as a patched up, under strength Quins side gutsed out what nearly would have been a creditable draw against a solid Sale side that wasn’t far off a first team.
A Tale Of Two Cities – Stade Francais v Harlequins
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us
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