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Quins-watch (15) – The glass is half-full, of course

The business end of the rugby season is now upon us and, right on cue, the Harlequins have just slipped from fourth position in the Premiership to fifth, defeated away at Gloucester last weekend. A fair assumption being that Northampton Saints and ‘Saffra-cens’  – a common reference to [...]

February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

For all the forest running and medicine balls by way of training, the simple immutable fact remains that – once over the white line – there is little that can be done to change a result. Fulham’s keeper Stekelenberg had a good gane but right at the end fumbled a shot and, ironies [...]

February 23, 2014 // 2 Comments

Accenture Matchplay

I am surprised that the Matchplay at Dove Mountian Arizona should be experiencing sponsorship problems with Accenure pulling out. It’s true that Tiger  Woods, now really a spent force, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott pulled out. Matchplay offers the head to head excitement, when the very best [...]

February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

An epic encounter at Billy Williams’ cabbage patch

Any slight frustration I felt at about 6.00pm last night, my long record of hopeless sporting predictions still intact after England’s 13-10 victory over Ireland at Twickenham, was surpassed by sheer delight and wonder at the pulsating game of rugby that I had just witnessed on television. Those [...]

February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

So little to choose between them …

Having retired to bed last night at half-time during the Wales v France Six Nations contest with a home victory plainly in sight, I awoke a few minutes ago with a growing sense of anticipatory tension and excitement over the England v Ireland clash at Twickenham this afternoon. Can Stuart [...]

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ice with everything

Encouraged by the proverbial sackful of Twitter and email feedback – not all of it positive – in response to my article upon women and sport, I now feel emboldened to take unto myself the title of National Rust’s unofficial Winter Olympics correspondent, not least since the position [...]

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Yesterday I met up with the supporter who sits behind me and is my closest Fulham friend. We went to the Cup Final in 1975 together. He was pleased with the appointment of Feliks Magath as the Chairman has shown himself to be decisive in his task of avoiding relegation by dismissing all 3 of the [...]

February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Women and sport

In my own sweet way, I regard myself as an enlightened metrosexual gentleman – in this context I would cite the example that I go to the expense of applying shaving cream before scraping my chin, rather than just soap and water as was the habit of my grandfather. And yet we are also children, if [...]

February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barcelona don’t turn me on

I am not a fully paid up member of the Barcelona fan club, any more than I regard Manchester City – as was lauded by my press colleagues a few months ago – as the best team on the planet. That laurel should be placed around the shoulders of Bayern Munich. My wariness about Barcelona is [...]

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Emiliano Grillo

I always find golf analyst Steve Palmer’s column in the Racing Post interesting. The guy is unapologetically a serial gambler and evokes the visceral excitement of it. Last week having correctly predicted George Coetzee would win the South African Open, he was only one shot away from a [...]

February 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

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