Apr. 13th, 2009

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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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