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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
Great Expectations - Harlequins vs Edinburgh
What the Dickens happened yesterday? I am not sure that any of us contemplated anything other than a win for Quins albeit Edinburgh showed how they could cut the Quins defence to ribbons during the earlier encounter at Murrayfield.
Worcester vs Harlequins
There's a wonderful bit at the start of that great classic film "Enter the Dragon" starring Bruce Lee.
Big Game Match Report - Marchant of Menace
Quins did the job in the end, holding on for a deserved if shaky 28-24 win against Gloucester with a squeaky-bum exciting kind of finish adding a gloss to a game that was for the first half hour a torpid encounter. The last ten minutes had a bit of theatre about them: down to 14 men with Clifford yellow carded, good last ditch defence against the Glos speed merchants, some headless chicken kicking and decision making from Danny Care and a thunderous response from another big crowd on a very chilly HQ evening under the lights. It made up for the first half, and it needed to. [Christmas cracker: what’s the similarity between the first thirty minutes of this game and a traditional Christmas pudding? They are both plum duff].