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Quins-watch (9) – one step forward, two steps back

In prospect, Saturday’s away match against Bath – against a backdrop in which these two and Leicester Tigers are currently contesting what, next spring, will become the fourth and last play-off spot – was a mouth-watering clash. Both teams like to play rugby and Bath had strung together a [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (8) – a 17-3 victory over Racing Metro

Yesterday to the Stoop, to see Harlequins record the second of back-to-back Heineken Cup victories over Racing Metro, this time by the margin of 17-3. Racing continue to play up to the Anglo-Saxon stereotypical view of French rugby. Having moved last week’s ‘home’ game 241 miles from Paris to [...]

December 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Varsity Match

In my 65 years I have witnessed sporting events go up and down in popularity and esteem. Not so long ago the Cup Final, on the last Saturday of the football season, the Derby (on a first Wednesday in June) and the Boat Race were significant events on the sporting calendar. Similarity the rugby [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reaction to the 2015 Rugby World Cup tickets announcement

Yesterday’s announcement of venues and ticket prices for the 2015 Rugby World Cup has produced the inevitable acres of protest from media pundits and lobby interests alike. I have some sympathy for the tournament organisers. As with soccer World Cups and Olympics, there’s a degree to which both [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (6)

It’s now nearly the end of November and the Harlequins’ season progresses as before, uneasily and without much of the trademark dazzling, off-loading, game upon which their reputation has been built. There is no sign of any form to speak of.  They play in patches – good then average, [...]

November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

England v New Zealand – a worthy contribution

Following yesterday’s Twickenham encounter between England and New Zealand, a word about the refereeing performance of South Africa’s Craig Joubert. Folklore has it that the sign of a good refereeing outing is how little the official is noticed, but Joubert has a special place in rugby [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (5)

With Messrs Robshaw, Brown and Marler all giving a reasonable account of themselves in  England’s 22 – 30 loss to New Zealand at Twickenham yesterday, the attention of Quins fans has returned to the pressing issue of the moment – the Club’s stuttering start to the 2013/2014 season. The [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

ENGLAND 32 CANADA 3

Both women’s rugby internationals I have witnessed in the flesh have been staged at the Twickenham Stoop. Three years ago, the atmosphere was special, and the place rocking nearly an hour before kick-off, when New Zealand prevailed by the margin of 13-10 over England in the 2010 Rugby World Cup [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

QUINS-WATCH (3)

ENGLAND v ARGENTINA Of the Quins contingent yesterday, Mike Brown failed to match his outstanding display against Australia. However, he was solid in all he did and – to my mind – has cemented his position as the Numero Uno full back. Joe Marler (loosehead prop) was inconspicuous and [...]

November 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

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