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Two cup finals

Of the two Cup Finals I watched on Saturday Leinster v Toulouse was much the more gripping. As a kid the F.A. Cup Final was always the epicentre of the sporting year. Typically I would go round to a mate in the morning and we would watch on telly the road to the Final, the actual coach journey, the [...]

May 27, 2024 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 28 Bristol Bears 53

It was no sort of farewell to Quins’ stalwarts André Esterhuizen, Will Collier and live-wire Louis Lynagh as we were routed by Bristol though neither side qualified for the play-offs. A more significant departure may be that of defensive coach Jerry Flannery to the Springboks as Quins have [...]

May 19, 2024 // 0 Comments

Exeter Chiefs 58 Harlequins 26

Maybe it was that gruelling Investec Cup semi -final against Toulouse – or maybe the injury to Caden Murley leading to a reshuffle with Marcus Smith going to full back – but, whatever it was, Quins collapsed 6-37 in the second half. Give Exeter their due. In Immanuel Feyi-Moboso they [...]

May 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

Close … but no cigar

The early May Bank Holiday ends today following a weekend boasting the Semi-Finals of European club rugby’s premier competition the Investec Cup and – after two thrilling and entertaining games – for both of the English Premiership’s leading attacking outfits taking part [...]

May 6, 2024 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 42 Northampton Saints 31

Although the press dubbed this match a “thriller” and “entertaining“, I remain disappointed by the fare the two most attacking teams in the Premiership served up. Northampton Saints did not maximise the three Quins players sin-binned. Marcus Smith won his match-up with Fin Smith and [...]

April 29, 2024 // 0 Comments

A Saturday afternoon watching rugby

Over several years now this organ has covered the Northern Hemisphere version of the sport of rugby union in some depth, covering everything from specific matches and trends in the financial fortunes and playing tactics of elite professional clubs to its ongoing inherent dangers and medical issues. [...]

April 28, 2024 // 0 Comments

Will the real Quins show up?

Recently Bordeaux Bègles put 100 points past Saracens in the Investec European Challenge Cup, whilst Sarries put 51 points past Quins;  so what chances if any did Quins have at the Chanan Delmas stadium in Bordeaux yesterday? As it happened, quite a lot – as in a thriller – they ran [...]

April 14, 2024 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 28 Glasgow Warriors 24 (Investec Cup)

The Comeback Kings are fast becoming the collapsible ones. 41-3 up against Bath Rugby, the game finished 41-34. Last night, after a sluggish start, Quins went 0-7 down but recovered to 21-7. In the second half Glasgow Warriors made it 24-21 and only a late try by Sam Riley and conversion by Marcus [...]

April 6, 2024 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 40 Bath Rugby 36

Bath almost “out-Quinsed’ the hosts with a mighty come back after being 40-0 down. It did reflect well on the Premiership. Quins, after being hammered by Saracens last time out, achieved an important win whilst Sarries lost to Northampton Saints, who themselves were beaten the previous weekend [...]

March 31, 2024 // 0 Comments

Venue Vede Vince

Nowadays maximising the revenues of a sports stadium is vital – not just in sport but theatre too. This has attracted bad publicity as the high prices of tickets have been cited at Fulham, Chelsea and popular West End theatrical productions. It’s a slightly skewed argument as the top price [...]

March 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

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