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BOD, originally uploaded by will_plant.

Harlequins vs Leinster Rugby, Heineken European Cup Quarter Final held at the Twickenham Stoop on Easter Sunday 12th April 2009.

The final score was Harlequins 5 - Leinster Rugby 6. Leinster progress to a semi-final against Munster at Croke Park.

Harlequins played pretty much all the rugby because they had to play catch-up rugby for most of the game, Leinster's defence was awesome and since they never went behind they didn't really have to do much else.

Quins missed about a dozen points in kicks and still could have nicked it at the death depsite having broken two fly-halfs. Plus we scored the only try of the game.

Elsom , Jennings and Co were brilliant cheats at the breakdown (in all the best senses of that word : you play the ref)

Frustratingly Mr Owens appeared to believe that offside line and coming into rucks from behind the back foot was optional.

Just going through my mountains of photos showed that something weird was going on in respect of offside etc as in lots of photos Bernard Jackman is amongst or behind the Quins line on nearly every occasion - hilarious.

I am aware that loser's comments on the referee cannot fail to sound like whinging so let me state clearly - We lost the game - the referee did not lose it for us! He just made it frustrating for the usual one-eyed home support... ;)

In actuality Leinster had some in reserve and an extra level of quality and streetwise awareness.

I hope that this will be a formative experience for this young Quins team, for whom this game probably came a little early in their development.

Had someone offered me a Heineken quarter final and potential top 4 in the Premiership I would have bitten their hand off.

So we've two games left to define our season: Sale away next friday night and Newcastle at home - we might even get into the play-offs...

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Date: 2009-04-13 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cherylmmorgan.livejournal.com
Many thanks for the photo. And deepest commiserations to your boys who tried their hearts out. I'm pretty sure that you are right that it was experience that saw Leinster through, but even the slightest piece of luck could have tipped it your way.

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Date: 2009-04-13 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] willplant.livejournal.com
I think game management was an issue - yes we camped on the Leinster line for 10-12 minutes in the second half and eventually got a try but we should have been much more clinical, i think the pressure told and we didn't play enough smart rugby. Also Evans was clearly not 100% fit and the backs were sitting much deeper to try to compensate.

But as you say it was a match that could have turned on one bad bounce or once missed tackle.

I don't know how much they are paying Elsom but he's worth his weight in gold... superb reader of the game.

BTW there are more BoD pictures in the photoset on flickr...

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Date: 2009-04-13 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cherylmmorgan.livejournal.com
There were times during the second half when I was reminded of the Italian team's lack of trust in their backs. Yours are much better than theirs, though the lack of a fit fly half may have affected people's judgment.

Totally agree re Elsom.

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