Another Sunday, another game, Harlequin Ladies found themselves in North London facing Haringey Rhinos for the second time this season.
A strong start put Quins in the lead with a try from speedy winger Roisin Hyde getting under the posts, followed by a successful conversion by Fly-Half Shauna. Quins lead 7-0.
A hard hitting game throughout for both sides, but a quickly taken penalty and a lapse in concentration saw one of the forward Rhinos bundle over the line – with the successful conversion to tie up the score.
Quick words to ‘lift’ momentum again, Quins were not letting this game get away from them!
With grit & determination Quins hooker Marieke pulled back another 5 points – successfully converted again despite the strong winds Storm Doris had left behind!
Rhinos 7 – 14 Quins
Team talks from captains, coaches and experienced players switched Harlequin Ladies back on. Everyone had a job to do, and knew how to do it.
A quick start from Quins put Haringey on the back foot again, forward Megan scoring again this season followed by another successful conversion.
A few injuries saw Haringey opt for Uncontested scrums – opening the pressure onto the back line. But Quins held their own, especially with the tackling machine that is Full-Back Kelly Howard and the solidity of Jemma Smith and Kam Uppal in the centres.
Haringey struggled to make any momentum in attack, with Quins defensive line being so strong they struggled to break through. Often being held up by Scrum-half Alix Reeves.
In attack Quins were the best they have been to date, crisp clean passing, forwards working in solid pods, clean rucking giving fast ball, which meant drawing the defender left an overlap on the wings.
A succession of tries from winger Roisin (our hat-trick hero), centre Kam and forward Wardle, with her first ever try since starting rugby this season. The game ended.
Haringey Rhinos 7 – 43 Harlequin Ladies
A very heated game but the result we all deserved.
Forward of the Match: Rebecca Wardle
Back of the Match: Kelly Howard
Coach Dave Moloney said, “That was the best rugby we have played for the past few seasons – bring that tempo, attitude and commitment into our final game at Battersea and we will finish the season smiling!”
Captain Stevo had this to say, “Sunday’s triumphant victory was a truly outstanding achievement for us as a team. With low numbers at training, drop outs, six nations and half the squad unavailable we stood united and got on with the task in hand. Even last minute changes didn’t stand in our way and despite adversity, we managed to field a team of 15 players and everyone on the pitch played without complaint or protest. For this alone I am truly proud and felt we’d achieved so much even before KO. To me this dedication is one of the key factors which led to us climbing the table and having our best season in more than 5 years.”
Onwards and upwards - Harlequin Ladies face Battersea Ironside Ladies on Sunday 19th March in Battersea – the last league game this season – come down and show your support!
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