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Preview: Quins v Wasps


By Wydnej
April 12 2012

Thus does the twisty, pointy, knife edged part of the season descend on us...   Quins - fresh from a thumping loss away at Toulon, Wasps – with even more worrying things on their minds than the game. Only one team will redeem themselves or stave off the grey clouds of administration this weekend... 

Let’s look at that loss against Toulon then. Fresh as it is in our minds, and now that firey tempers have calmed down somewhat in the light of day, the clue to the forthcoming display may have been apparent when Robbo slipped on the marble coming out of the changing rooms... In an important and heartfelt game I would expect game faces to be on, however our chortling subs, tittering at poor old Robbos misstep betrayed our somewhat ‘laissez faire’ attitude to this one, and that’s exactly how the game panned out. Little came off for us, the ref had (I thought) a good game and when yet again our poor discipline cost us against a no nonsense kicker we were always chasing the game. Lets take nothing from Toulon, they had two wrecking balls in their team in Armitage and Basteraud and they thoroughly deserved their victory. 

All the clichés have been said already. However we now have nothing left to focus on but the league. Conor rested our most influential players in Robshaw, Nev and Lowe to name but a few who were either ‘injured’, out of the match day squad or benched. The latest rumblings indicate Robshaw is likely to make the game, however doubts persist about Nev. 

Against an injury hit Wasps, who will be playing with fears of relegation, surely with all of our big boys back, and even with Cleggy playing we should have enough in the locker to swat them? 

Wasps however have their confirmed safety to play for, not to mention local pride. In recent weeks they have been struck fairly heavily by injuries however they have been grinding out some wins, and certainly went a lot closer in Europe than many of their fellow English clubs. Due to their injury crisis they have had to turn to youngsters such as Launchbury, Wade and Daly. Their scrum was dominant in the display against London Irish, however it was the much unfancied Robinson at 10 who steadily popped the points for them in a typically unflashy way. However in their next game against Saints they came a cropper as their defence crumbled like a politicians principles in the light of splendid counter attacking from Northampton after Robinson had again established a foothold in the game, however they picked up a further injury when Waldouck joined their walking wounded in a heavy loss. They then squeaked through against Glaws on a sundrenched day with the aforementioned Daly stepping up to the plate and showing bottle to take a dramatic late penalty, and then faced off against a Yachvilli and Balshaw inspired Biarritz in a pulsating encounter which they just lost out in. 

All in all steady momentum apart from the blip against Saints. So these Wasps aren’t done yet. However in the key match ups Quins will be looking to dominate a Wasps team decimated by injuries and retirements this season and desperately awaiting the reinforcements they have lined up next season. With a first choice team out, even the neutral would say that Quins look to be streets ahead in the back row and the back three. With the injuries that Wasps have suffered in the centres, and the understanding growing between Lowe and JTH on a match by match basis I’m confident that if Nev or Cleggy get us quick ball we’ll be able to damage this Wasps back line. The front row will be an interesting skirmish, JJ and Joe have been hitting rude form of late (not to mention Buchanan having a solid start to his Quins 1st team career), and refs seem to be cottoning on to the legal binds that JJ is making and is simply being the opposition unable to weather his initial impact. 

The weather looks to be rampantly falling on us with great precipitation this weekend, so let’s hope that the ill discipline of late is wiped out by what I assume has been a strong message from the management this week. 

All looking good...! 

COME ON YOU QUINS!!!!!!

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Preview: Quins v Wasps
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Quins vs Wasps 14th April - Preview
Posted by: Wyddy (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 13:49

Thus does the twisty, pointy, knife edged part of the season descend on us...

Quins - fresh from a thumping loss away at Toulon, Wasps – with even more worrying things on their minds than the game. Only one team will redeem themselves or stave off the grey clouds of administration this weekend...

Let’s look at that loss against Toulon then. Fresh as it is in our minds, and now that firey tempers have calmed down somewhat in the light of day, the clue to the forthcoming display may have been apparent when Robbo slipped on the marble coming out of the changing rooms... In an important and heartfelt game I would expect game faces to be on, however our chortling subs, tittering at poor old Robbos misstep betrayed our somewhat ‘laissez faire’ attitude to this one, and that’s exactly how the game panned out. Little came off for us, the ref had (I thought) a good game and when yet again our poor discipline cost us against a no nonsense kicker we were always chasing the game. Lets take nothing from Toulon, they had two wrecking balls in their team in Armitage and Basteraud and they thoroughly deserved their victory.

All the clichés have been said already. However we now have nothing left to focus on but the league. Conor rested our most influential players in Robshaw, Nev and Lowe to name but a few who were either ‘injured’, out of the match day squad or benched. The latest rumblings indicate Robshaw is likely to make the game, however doubts persist about Nev.

Against an injury hit Wasps, who will be playing with fears of relegation, surely with all of our big boys back, and even with Cleggy playing we should have enough in the locker to swat them?

Wasps however have their confirmed safety to play for, not to mention local pride. In recent weeks they have been struck fairly heavily by injuries however they have been grinding out some wins, and certainly went a lot closer in Europe than many of their fellow English clubs. Due to their injury crisis they have had to turn to youngsters such as Launchbury, Wade and Daly. Their scrum was dominant in the display against London Irish, however it was the much unfancied Robinson at 10 who steadily popped the points for them in a typically unflashy way. However in their next game against Saints they came a cropper as their defence crumbled like a politicians principles in the light of splendid counter attacking from Northampton after Robinson had again established a foothold in the game, however they picked up a further injury when Waldouck joined their walking wounded in a heavy loss. They then squeaked through against Glaws on a sundrenched day with the aforementioned Daly stepping up to the plate and showing bottle to take a dramatic late penalty, and then faced off against a Yachvilli and Balshaw inspired Biarritz in a pulsating encounter which they just lost out in.

All in all steady momentum apart from the blip against Saints. So these Wasps aren’t done yet. However in the key match ups Quins will be looking to dominate a Wasps team decimated by injuries and retirements this season and desperately awaiting the reinforcements they have lined up next season. With a first choice team out, even the neutral would say that Quins look to be streets ahead in the back row and the back three. With the injuries that Wasps have suffered in the centres, and the understanding growing between Lowe and JTH on a match by match basis I’m confident that if Nev or Cleggy get us quick ball we’ll be able to damage this Wasps back line. The front row will be an interesting skirmish, JJ and Joe have been hitting rude form of late (not to mention Buchanan having a solid start to his Quins 1st team career), and refs seem to be cottoning on to the legal binds that JJ is making and is simply being the opposition unable to weather his initial impact.

The weather looks to be rampantly falling on us with great precipitation this weekend, so let’s hope that the ill discipline of late is wiped out by what I assume has been a strong message from the management this week.

All looking good...!

COME ON YOU QUINS!!!!!!

What doesn't kill you makes you more strong...

 
Re: Quins vs Wasps 14th April - Preview
Posted by: T-Bone (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 14:04

Cheers, good preview.

Looking out of the window now I do worry that the weather might play a fairly important part in things. A try bonus would, of course, be lovely but any sort of win will do.

It'll be interesting to see how the off field trouble affects the players. Will it be too large a distraction or will it galvanise them?

An early score is important to settle the nerves, and if Rory can pop over a couple of kicks nice and early that should help him no end. Discipline is again the key but hopefully our back row will be good enough to stop the ref having to make too many decisions around the breakdown.

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: The Prof (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 15:43

Thanks Wyddy

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: GrubbyQuin (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 15:45

Do we know for a fact that NEv isn't playing on Saturday?

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Nicksb (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 15:49

thanks Wyddy.

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Wyddy (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 16:27

Haven't seen anything concrete on Nev being out but from what I have managed to trawl, it looks like Robshaw could probably have played last weekend, but Nev was still suffering from the knock against Sarries... all will be revealed when the wizard releases the teams tomorrow (I guess?)?

Wyddy

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Steeevo (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 16:32

Aaaare you Stuart Hall in disguiiiiiiiiiise? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare you Stu-art Haaaall in dis-guise?

"Last one in's an officer. No office Sir."

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Wyddy (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 16:38

Busted.

Who's up for a bit of Its a Knock Out?

I was chatting to a skyscraper worker the other day... rivetting it was.

Wyddy

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Steeevo (IP Logged)
Date: 12/04/2012 16:45

I can think of a few people who might benefit from being twatted around the bonce with a giant sponge mannequin...

"Last one in's an officer. No office Sir."

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Pharaohbob (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 10:35

Brilliant, keep it up as it is informative for all before the match.
Where did the pointy knife bit come from wherever it came from it got me instantly interested.
Well done!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Wasp12 (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 11:04

Hi guys,
Im a wasps fan and im suprised about this! U thinking that its gunna be a walk over and all that. Frankly i believe wasps have a reasonable chance in this match as u r not hitting great form and we r improving match by match plus. u r comming of the back of a 37 - 8 defeat! Guys im not taking anything away from u, u have had a great season and i hope it continues for u and u go onto win the prem. But im just trying to say wasps and quins has always been a very good match and usually close !

Gd luck for the rest of the season! apart from tommorow!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Steeevo (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 11:12

You've come onto the Quins fan site and read a preview of a Quins home game, with Quins top of the table. What the hell did you think it was going to say you muppet?!?

"Last one in's an officer. No office Sir."

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Ed Pope (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 11:28

Steeevo, you should have said:

"uv come on2..." etc

winking smiley

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Steeevo (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 11:31

LOL!

"Last one in's an officer. No office Sir."

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Paul (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 12:17

I see no reason to bash the wasp fan, he said nothing wrong or offensive!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: twickenham yeti (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 12:19

LMAO!

(Sm22)(Sm98)

........................................

One of the founder members of the Q-GOMC (promoted to Major Grump) – and proud of it - Bah!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Richardwasp (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 12:47

At a risk of being insulted by steeevo I think the packs will be fairly even after all we were on top at Adams park for most of the game as for the back line injuries make it tough for us but you are missing nev...
Close game I hope,would settle for a bonus point even better if Gloucester stick it to the falcons.

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Ed Pope (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 12:52

I have to agree. With Nick Evans out this is a possible "banana skin" for us if we don't come out with the right attitude and play to our potential.

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Wyddy (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 13:05

Tks for the comments PBob!

As for Nev being out, now I do not wish to sound arrogant, but there's a reason Wasps are where they are and we are where we are. We have significantly more of our first team out. Wasps youngsters do look good admittedly, but if we play anything near our potential this is a win.

The front row we should be strong in, back row - I can't see that selection being anything other than brutal at home. The backs are interesting, I'd say we are stronger at centre and full back and probably parity on the wings.

I applaud Wasps for how they are managing to function with the injuries they have suffered, and they have found some exciting kids. However facts is facts. We're stronger and we should be proud of that fact not worried about banana skins. This is the time for positive mindsets and rallying for the last push.

Lets let loose our dogs of war... and pray to god El Ginge has a decent game!!!

Wyddy

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Quinten Poulsen (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 13:15

Good preview - hope you keep them coming regularly; the last bloke who did them was terribly unreliable.

As for the game - I think the back row battle will be more even than one poster thinks; the 2 youngsters are playing very well, and Poff is quality. I think this could be a close match.

Reinstate the Fulham 1!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: deadlyfrom5yardsout (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 13:17

Quins by 20.

Adventure before Dementia!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Quinten Poulsen (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 13:21

Wasps by 4 [/mockers]

Reinstate the Fulham 1!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Wyddy (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 13:45

Tks Quinten, I'll be doing all the rest of the League games this season. Will start up doing the Euro games next season. Personally I enjoy writing them up, gets me even more up for the game and I always send them to my old man who is learning the game.

Shame we can't find a place for Chisholm in the side, I very much rate him.

Wyddy

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: deadlyfrom5yardsout (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 13:46

Sorry QP, I was just practising the old bragging thingy, just in case we do actually win the thing this year.

Don't think I'm going to be very good at it though.....(Sm62)

Adventure before Dementia!

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Steeevo (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 14:54

Quote:
Richardwasp
At a risk of being insulted by steeevo...

Fair enough but it was the "Im a wasps fan and im suprised about this!" that got me. I mean, what the hell did he think Wyddy was going to say? 'Ooooh, it's gonna be a close one, them Waspies is on the up-n-up, I reckon they'll do us by 10'? C'mon, little common sense here please!

"Last one in's an officer. No office Sir."

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Richardwasp (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 15:04

It was slightly provocative, the game should be closer than league position suggest, should be a good backrow battle and probably a few tries for both sides.... , a couple of flaky kickers and speed all over the park.... Enjoy

 
Re: Preview: Quins v Wasps
Posted by: Bolly-Quin (IP Logged)
Date: 13/04/2012 15:09

The view from the Beeb...

[www.bbc.co.uk]

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