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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

Any more like this and I might get my mojo back

Saturday 6th November 2018: Gallagher Premiership Round 6: Harlequins v Saracens at The Stoop, kick-off 7.30pm: Result – Harlequins 20 Saracens 25: League points – Harlequins 1 losing bonus point, Saracens 4 points for the victory: new League Table positions – Saracens 2nd (6 wins from 6 [...]

October 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Way to go, Joe!

Today I am breaking this season’s duck as the Rust’s correspondent upon all things to do with Harlequins FC in response to the overnight new that loose-head prop Joe Marler has announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect in order to spend more time with his young [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

Someone said to me in the pub the other day that the ongoing experience of being a committed one-club/team sports supporter is rather like a case of heroin or similar Class A drug addiction. First and foremost, you know it’s not doing you any good because 90% of the time – i.e. whenever things [...]

July 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch … and perhaps new beginnings

And so the rumours were true – Paul Gustard, one of Eddie Jones’ deputies, is to be Quins new head coach. Aged 42, he was a solid Premiership flanker who never played for England but ended his career at Saracens and switched to coaching there, since when he’s been on an upward trajectory. Why [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A non-downfall (and my part in it)

With the Harlequins now dispersed and probably lying on beaches around the world – and I learned overnight that the club have approached the RFU having apparently decided that Paul Gustard (one of Eddie Jones’ chosen coaches) is their preferred choice of new head coach – there were at [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Phew – that’s a relief …

Saturday 5th May 2018: Aviva Premiership, Round 22: Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs at the Stoop: Result – Harlequins 17 Exeter Chiefs 41: League points – Harlequins 0 Exeter Chiefs 5 (four for victory, plus 1 four-try bonus point); League positions – Harlequins 10th out of 12 on 36 points, Exeter [...]

May 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hmmnn – what did I tell you?!

It never rains but it pours. After my despondent post yesterday upon Harlequins’ latest abject Premiership defeat, here’s a link to an article by Nik Simon that appeared yesterday upon the website of the – DAILY [...]

April 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Not long now … (thankfully)

Saturday 28th April 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 21: Worcester Warriors v Harlequins @ Sixways: Result – Worcester Warriors 44 (5 points – 4 for victory, 1 for four-try bonus) Harlequins 13 (0 points): match stats include Worcester Warriors scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half [...]

April 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A new nadir reached

Saturday 7th April 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 19: Harlequins v London Irish at the Stoop, kick off 3.00pm: Result – Harlequins 5 (0 league points) London Irish 35 (5 league points, 4 for for the win and 1 four-try bonus point): League positions – Harlequins 9th of 12 on 36 points, London [...]

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey ho – another wasted prelude to the Boat Race

Saturday 24th March 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 18: Saracens v Harlequins at the London Stadium: Result – Saracens 24 Harlequins 11: latest league positions – Saracens 2nd on 57 points, Harlequins 9th on 36 points. Despite having just bought tickets to go to the last home match of the season [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

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