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A recently-retired actuary, the long-suffering Derek has been a Quins fan for the best part of three decades. More Posts

Making the best of a bad situation

Sunday 21st January 2018 – European Champions Cup Pool 1; La Rochelle v Harlequins at Stade Marcel Deflandre: La Rochelle 16 Harlequins 7. Final Pool 1 positions: La Rochelle 20 points; Wasps 17; Ulster 17; Harlequins 7. And so Harlequins ended their 2017-2018 ERCC campaign as bottom of Pool 1, [...]

January 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

A truly extraordinary match!

Saturday 13th January 2018: European Rugby Champions Cup (Pool Stage): Pool 1 (teams – La Rochelle, Ulster, Harlequins, Wasps): Round 5 – Harlequins v Wasps at the Stoop, kick-off 5.30pm: Result – Harlequins 33 Wasps 28: consequences – Harlequins already out of the competition, Wasps now [...]

January 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another loss on the road

Saturday 6th January 2018: Aviva Premiership, Round 13: Sale Sharks v Harlequins at the AJ Bell Stadium (attendance 7,242): Result – Sale Sharks 30 Harlequins 29: new league positions – Sale Sharks 6th on 33 points, Harlequins 9th on 32 points. This needn’t take long. I didn’t attend this [...]

January 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

One that went off half-cock

Saturday 30th December 2017: Aviva Premiership, Round 12: Harlequins v Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium (Big Game 10), kick off 4.00pm: Result – Harlequins 50 (league points 5) Northampton Saints 21 (league points 0): new league table positions – Harlequins now 7th on 30 points, [...]

December 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Christmas weekend misery

Saturday 23rd December 2017: Aviva Premiership rugby, Round 11: Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins at Kingston Park, Newcastle: Result: Newcastle 11 (4 league points) Harlequins 10 (one losing bonus point): latest League positions – Newcastle 7th on 28 Points, Harlequins 9th on 25 points. Today I can [...]

December 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Over and out – and back to the day job

Friday 15th December 2017: European Champions Cup Rugby Pool 1, Round 4: Ulster v Harlequins at the Kingspan Stadium; Result – Ulster 52 Harlequins 24: Pool standings – Ulster 2nd on 13 points, Harlequins 4th and bottom on 2 points. Almost certain to progress into the knock-out stage La [...]

December 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Back to the future, again, I suppose

Sunday 10th December 2017: European Champions Cup 2017/2018: Pool 1 (La Rochelle; Harlequins; Wasps; Ulster) Round 3 match – Harlequins v Ulster at the Stoop, kick-off 1.00pm: Result: Harlequins 5 Ulster 17: Pool positions after Round 3 – Ulster 2nd on 8 points, Harlequins fourth (bottom) on 1 [...]

December 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Another night of magic at the Stoop

Sunday 3rd November: Aviva Premiership Round 10: Harlequins v Saracens @ the Stoop, kick-off 3.00pm: Result – Harlequins 20: Saracens 19: Latest league positions: Saracens 3rd on 31 points, Harlequins 7th on 24 points. I watched this programme on BT Sport in the comfort of my home sitting room. [...]

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

The perfect way to cope with an away defeat

Sunday 25th November 2017: Aviva Premiership Round 9: Bath Rugby v Harlequins at the Recreation Ground, Bath: Result – Bath Rugby 38 Harlequins 14 (Bath 5 points including four-try bonus point, Harlequins 0): League positions – Bath Rugby 3rd on 29 points, Harlequins 8th on 20 points. As I was [...]

November 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

At least I was there

Sunday 19th November 2017: Premiership Rugby, Round 8: Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins at Sandy Park: Result – Exeter Chiefs 31 Harlequins 17 (Exeter four-try bonus point win): Premiership table after Round 8 – Exeter Chiefs 1st on 31 points, Harlequins 7th on 20 points. My weekend just past [...]

November 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

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