Quins do their bit for local rivals
July 15 2020
All sport ground to a halt in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and punters were turning to online casino games for real money over their typical sports bet.
If the current pandemic has taught the world anything it is to be kind to those in need. With no points separating Harlequins and London Irish in the Gallagher Premiership table, one may well have forgiven the former to ignore the stadium problems being endured by the latter.
London Irish’s tenancy at the Madejski Stadium - the home of Championship footballing side Reading - ended during the coronavirus lockdown after more than 20 years of gracing that turf.
Fearing that they wouldn’t have had anywhere to play, considering the fact that the Brentford Community Stadium where they will be playing their home game from for the 2020-21 season has not yet been finished due to the pandemic and subsequent crisis, the Exiles were quite rightly panicking.
That panic has turned into relief, however, as rivals Quins have offered the Twickenham Stoop as a temporary home stadium, ensuring London Irish can finish the 2019-20 season.
Irish are now in line to play five home matches at the Stoop - which is only a few miles from their training base in Sunbury - including one against Quins themselves. The Exiles’ first home game will come against already-relegated Saracens on Monday 31 August which has been moved from Sunday August 30 to avoid a clash with Quins’ home game against Northampton.
Despite Quins sitting in seventh in the Premiership table and Irish in eighth, such extraordinary circumstances have pulled the two clubs together in times of strife. Both sides have the same amount of wins (5), draws (1), losses (7) and even bonus points (6) though Quins do have a better points difference of -52 as opposed to -95.
With Quins outsiders of 25/1 to win the Premiership final with online casino UK sites- which will now take place in October - before the season began, it will be interesting to see whether they can make the top four out of the nine rounds still to play.
With October 24 the date for the final, league organisers have had to schedule matches during the week in a bid to complete the season in that specific time frame. At least now London Irish can be safe in the knowledge that they have somewhere to play their remaining games, though the Stoop will see Quins host Sale on 14 August as the first game after the restart.