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Pre-Season: No luck for the Irish, London Irish v Harlequins
Decided more or less at the last moment to make the trip to the Hazelwood facility at Sunbury to see the match against newly promoted London Irish for the Cunningham Duncombe Trophy. Very impressed with the set up, the warm welcome from the Irish fans and almost perfect conditions for rugby. Must admit that it was seeing Francis Saili amongst the squad that was the main attraction although disappointed once again to see that Dimitri Catrakilis was not featuring.
Pre-Season: Bristol vs Harlequins
Seems such a long time ago that we had the chance to watch Quins in action so a trip to the west countryside was too tempting to turn down albeit that the weather forecast was not the greatest. Set out from home and experienced the full range of British weather on the journey together with the usual long delays on the M25 and M4. So despite a plan having me arriving at the ground at one thirty, I managed to arrive a whole 10 minutes before two thirty kick off.
John Kingston’s Premiership Roadmap 2017-18
Well, here we go again. After a mixed first season, but one that ended with Quins qualifying for the Champions Cup for the first time in 3 years, John Kingston enters his second year in with a squad that is more his own.
Harlequin Amateurs - All Players & Abilities Welcome
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The Sinckler Factor
Abrasive and Aggressive with a lot of Attitude, Kyle Sinckler has stormed through the Battersea Ironsides, Harlequins, England and now the Lions ranks, and is already a two time test Lion. This article assesses the impact of the Marmite Tighthead.
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