Gerard Meagher at The Stoop

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Name: Gerard Meagher at The Stoop
Date registered: September 24, 2016
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/premiership

Latest posts

  1. Sale’s Denny Solomona gives Diamond hope despite narrow loss at Quins — January 8, 2017
  2. Harlequins’ Joe Marler becomes latest England forward to suffer injury — January 7, 2017
  3. Tim Swiel stars as injury-hit Harlequins rally to overwhelm Sale — January 7, 2017
  4. Harlequins’ unsung stalwarts make their mark in ending Saracens’ unbeaten run — September 25, 2016
  5. Saracens unbeaten start to season ended by rejuvenated Harlequins — September 24, 2016

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Jan 08

Sale’s Denny Solomona gives Diamond hope despite narrow loss at Quins

• Former Castleford player secures two tries in 29-26 defeat at Harlequins
• ‘We need to get the ball to Denny, who knows where the whitewash is

Denny Solomona may end up costing Sale up to £500,000 in compensation but increasingly he looks worth every penny. Two tries in a narrow 29-26 defeat at Harlequins – the second of which involved a marvellous piece of skill – takes his tally to four in his first three Premiership matches. It can be only a matter of time before Eddie Jones comes calling.

Related: Tim Swiel stars as injury-hit Harlequins rally to overwhelm Sale

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/08/denny-solomona-scores-every-time-sale-steve-diamond-harlequins

Jan 07

Harlequins’ Joe Marler becomes latest England forward to suffer injury

• Prop ruled out of Harlequins’ 29-26 win over Sale
• Fellow loosehead Mako Vunipola likely to miss Six Nations

Joe Marler has become the latest England forward to be struck down with injury, less than a month before the start of the Six Nations. Marler was ruled out of Harlequins’ 29-26 win over Sale before kick-off with a calf injury and, with Mako Vunipola likely to miss the tournament, Eddie Jones faces a potential crisis at loosehead prop.

Related: Tim Swiel stars as injury-hit Harlequins rally to overwhelm Sale

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/07/harlequins-joe-marler-england-injury-six-nations

Jan 07

Tim Swiel stars as injury-hit Harlequins rally to overwhelm Sale

• Harlequins 29-26 Sale
• Quins edge to victory after losing three props to injury

Harlequins overcame a remarkable flurry of injuries that saw them lose three props – including the England loosehead Joe Marler just before kick-off – to clinch a hugely spirited victory that maintains their 100% home record this season and condemned Sale to a ninth consecutive defeat.

Marler’s late withdrawal with a calf injury is a concern for England, already without Mako Vunipola for the Six Nations, but Quins soldiered on despite losing Owen Evans and Will Collier, as well as the returning fly-half Nick Evans, in the first quarter.

Related: Saracens survive loss of Richard Barrington to sneak draw against Exeter

Related: Jason Woodward leads heroics but Bristol fall just short at Northampton

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/07/harlequins-sale-sharks-premiership-match-report

Sep 25

Harlequins’ unsung stalwarts make their mark in ending Saracens’ unbeaten run

• Harlequins’ Mark Lambert: ‘I don’t think anybody really gave us a chance’
• Mark McCall hopeful Owen Farrell will be back in action for Saracens soon

It is perhaps too early to herald a new era at Harlequins just yet but it is fair to say reports of their decline have been exaggerated. They no longer rank among the Premiership elite and remain gloriously inconsistent but after inflicting a first defeat on Saracens in six months, Harlequins earned the right to walk tall again. Critics have been silenced, for now at least.

In a grandstand finish, with Saracens requiring a converted try for a draw, only one spectator left a sold-out Stoop early – Eddie Jones departing with five minutes to go and much to ponder. It is, after all, Harlequins who contributed the most players, eight, to his most recent Elite Player Squad and having already been deprived of Jack Clifford for the autumn, the England head coach saw Mike Brown, Danny Care and Joe Marler – who departed after barely 15 seconds – all pick up injuries.

Related: Saracens unbeaten start to season ended by rejuvenated Harlequins

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/25/harlequins-saracens-unbeaten-run

Sep 24

Saracens unbeaten start to season ended by rejuvenated Harlequins

• Harlequins 17-10 Saracens
• Eddie Jones in attendance to watch several of his England squad

Maro Itoje may just have found his kryptonite. Having last tasted defeat here in January, a run of 31 straight victories for the man who can seemingly do no wrong was brought to an abrupt end by a Harlequins side hellbent on breathing life into their 150th anniversary season.

Saracens’ defeat – their first of the season, and indeed since March – may have come as a major surprise but it was a fully warranted victory for Harlequins, who scored tries through their wings Tim Visser and Charlie Walker.

Related: Wales’s Sam Warburton leads race for British and Irish Lions captaincy

Related: Saracens decide not to appeal against Chris Ashton’s 13-week ban

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/24/harlequins-saracens-premiership-match-report