So this is what I’ve been resorted to on the eve of “regular service”, I’ve drafted that blog while I was in Starbucks yesterday so this one is on my phone, the pictures and a bit of editing came during a trip to said Starbucks later in the day but for the time being this phone has the WordPress app so lets try it out!
Basically put this Saturday marks the Aviva Premiership Final between Harlequins & Leicester Tigers, after the 25-23 Quins win over 4th place Northampton and then the 24-15 Tigers win over 3rd place Saracens. That means a Premiership Final between 1st (Quins) and 2nd (Tigers), but only back in December Quins were undefeated unfortunately losing that distinction against fierce London rival Saracens at Big Game 4 at Twickenham Stadium but subsequently losing just another 3 times in 2012. Then to think that back on 12 April 2009 in the Heineken Cup Match against Irish side Leinster marked the “Bloodgate” incident in which subsequently meant a three year ban for then-director of rugby Dean Richards, the same Dean Richards that overlooked the turn around of relegation the Harlequins had to bare back at the end of the 2004/05 season. To then mention the false hope that came to the club after they won the inaugural Challenge Cup (Rugby Union’s equivalent of the UEFA Cup/Europa League) in 2001 and then again in 2004.
With such promise how could a rugby club have spawned so much adversity for itself for it is the same club that produced “rugby legends” like Will Carling, Keith Wood & Jason Leonard and that is but to name a few. I have been seen as a “fair weather fan” or “not a true fan” but I can’t help but just think as much again that no better example of how sport is a microcosm of life for to ask any rugby club let alone person to overcome adversity but true to the “Mighty Quins” way when in a corner they subsequently fought out of it, just the tonic or any person needs. The Quins did that without a second thought and this weekend marks an era and a club that even if they lose will always have my respect and for that I will never be any more happy if they win, to a “crackin’ final day” ey?