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Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
ComeAllWithin.co.uk (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 09:02
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Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
DOK (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 09:04
Great preview NLB. Reminded me there's a lot more happened over the summer than I thought, and a number of reasons to be cheerful, part 2018! smiling smiley

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Stoopendous (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 09:21
Great write up lads. Does this mean that you will be in action this season? Is the blog going to be produced? I hope so.

All the best

A

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
JJQuin (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 09:25
Really good stuff - getting my usual mixture of nerves and excitement already! I echo Stoopendous' comments - hope there's more to come this season!

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
NicoWilson (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 10:20
Great preview. Thank you.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
RodneyRegis (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 11:39
Nice preview!

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
talkshowhost86 (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 11:43
Great write up which I think puts a rightly positive spin on our squad development from last year.

I don't think anyone can argue that the squad isn't stronger this season, apart from possibly at Fly Half where I think we will need to come to a decision on who the main man is otherwise we'll lack consistency in a crucial area of the pitch.

The other areas of slight concern are at lock, where without Twomey we look a bit light, and possibly in the back three if and when Brown, Visser and Yarde all go on international duty.

But generally we look in pretty good shape with some decent options across the pitch.

The question is have we improved more than those above us and enough to keep those below us at bay.

Personally I think that NLB has it spot on in that teams like Gloucester, Worcester, Sale and Newcastle (and even London Irish who will be much better than Bristol) are now more of a threat, but teams like Northampton, Leicester and Bath are there for the taking.

My own prediction is that we'll finish 5th/6th, but it's certainly going to be exciting.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
DOK (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 13:35
And available with better pictures on the offy!

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Scaramouche (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 14:22
Fame!!

I too can claim that I have never missed a kick in a Final!



Illegitimi non carborundum

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Nev's Left Boot (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 14:22
Cheers for the feedback and comments guys.

No podcast this season though, we've hung up those microphones! We will keep posting things as and when using CAW - Off to the Premiership launch on Thursday - so will write up some bits from that and get it on the website ASAP!

NLB

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
ChipsteadQuin (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 15:15
Thanks NLB enjoyed the preview - looking forward to hearing about the launch ...

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Stooperman (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 21:13
Great preview NLB.

However, I think what everyine is overlooking (& this may have happened after the report was written), is that without Wallace, & with Robshaw absent on international duty, we have zero 7s in the pack.

Yes we have Dave Ward, who I absolutely love as a makeshift 7, but to go into the season with your main 7 for half the season as a converted hooker and no back up is, to say the least, a bit of a worry.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Nev's Left Boot (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 21:31
Stooperman - it's a fair point. Not overlooked from our perspective.

Here is my view :
1) Quins can't just go and get another 7 - so you have to work with what you have. Ward at 7 may be the option- we have 3 other hookers in the squad plus academy options

2) I was not convinced Wallace was a nailed on starter, with everyone fit. In the past Quins have played without a traditional 7. My preferred back row of days gone by included Guest, Robshaw and Easter.
Quins can play a left and right option, with Robshaw and Clifford, leaving Luamanu to play 8. We also have Chisholm Jnr, who can fill in. It's not ideal, but it is what it is. When you throw in Ward, who is probably the best 7 option around, available. I don;t see it being so concerning.

We may find that the club manage to bring in a replacement, but chances are and history shows that they are likely to be squad players that can cover A-League etc.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Stooperman (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 21:52
NLB,

Good reply, & I agree with some of what you say. However, I feel Clifford is an 8/6, Bothma is an 8, Luamanu is an 8/4. Also, whilst Guestie was one of my absolute fave players, he was very breakable...and we were blessed with the freakish unbreakability of nick Easter. Clifford seems to me to be an absolute replica of Guestie...talented, pacey, good hands - but ultimately 2nd fiddle as 6 or 8, and will never give you a full season.

I'm not being a doom and gloom merchant, I'm going to go out on a limb and say 5th this year, but the back row is the area that really concerns me.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Nev's Left Boot (IP Logged)
22 August, 2017 22:24
Yeah it's all the same stuff I think really - I think in
Robshaw
Clifford
Luamanu
Bothma
Chisholm Jnr
Ward -
you have options...

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
HonkyTonk (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 07:52
Archie White is a seven isn't he???

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Fearless Fred (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 09:35
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HonkyTonk
Archie White is a seven isn't he???

He's certainly a Back Row, as is Lamb and South can play there too (he was listed as a Back Row in the team announcement for the game agains LI:

https://image.ibb.co/i35U7Q/Screen_Shot_2017_08_23_at_10_34_01.png

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
HonkyTonk (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 09:46
South spent most of his time DR with Esher and then Richmond in the back row

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
T-Bone (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 13:11
Good write up, thanks. I hope you're right about Bothma. I know nothi9ng about him, but he seems to have been hypoed quite a lot, so hope he can live up to it.

the one point I'd disagree with is that Lewis looks to be an improvement on Dickson, unless I misunderstood that bit.

Otherwise I think there are definitely grounds to be optimistic. Can't wait now

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
COYQ_2017 (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 13:22
Bothma has played across the back row at 6,7 and 8 - although I'm guessing he's been signed as a long term replacement for Minty at 8.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Nev's Left Boot (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 14:17
Dave Lewis - 28 - over 100 Premiership appearances and previously an England Saxon.

what's not to like? Will compete well with Mulchrone...

Personally, wish we'd kept one of Stuart or Taylor to have this spot but you can't control the future.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
HonkyTonk (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 14:26
I think Calum Waters looks a good player

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
gregory p (IP Logged)
23 August, 2017 17:26
That's a really good write up. I may - if I do any match reports - unashamedly steal from it. Plagiarism, like charity, begins at home.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Bedfordshire Boy (IP Logged)
24 August, 2017 07:24
Quote:
gregory p
That's a really good write up. I may - if I do any match reports - unashamedly steal from it. Plagiarism, like charity, begins at home.

Hope you me when you do some match reports.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Boonie (IP Logged)
24 August, 2017 11:30
Nice preview - thanks!



"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to bleat about it all over the internet"

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
25 August, 2017 07:52
Good article but blimey...HOPING for 6th place....all very depressing (but of course totally realistic!)

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
DOK (IP Logged)
25 August, 2017 08:36
Well that's the effect of a salary cap - We only needed a few better results last season to make top four!

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
Nev's Left Boot (IP Logged)
25 August, 2017 09:50
Talking to JK yesterday, it was interesting to hear him talk about how last season they went back to square one, he stated that they had made changes to the way the team attacks and defends and how these systems can only improve over time and also when things are not going right, players will revert, under pressure, to what they know meaning it didn't always fit together - if you take this as gospel - then 6th looks even better.

The key comment was that this year they will be better, he believes the squad is better and the adjustments the club have made to attack and defence are better as well. Obviously, the issue is that everyone else will have improved as well.

He was clear though, his goal is to win the league, to make Quins champions of England again, that is the long term aim and goal, it might not happen this season but everything they do is to work toward that.

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
SiBolton (IP Logged)
25 August, 2017 14:56
Just to echo what others have said, a great preview
And have to add having spoken with a few of the players there just seems to be a good " Atmosphere" about the team
I think JK is really starting to make his mark

 
Re: Harlequins 2018 Season Preview
COYQ_2017 (IP Logged)
25 August, 2017 16:02
"I think JK is really starting to make his mark"

It's only taken him 16 years! I'm joking btw :-)



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