Sunday 15th January - Quins ladies home ground was a puddle of mud - but playable nonetheless.
With a solid starting 15 and a strong bench Quins ladies were going to make Cuffley work hard if they wanted to keep their unbeaten record.
A strong warm up led by the coaches got the ladies into game mode straight away - everyone was switched on and knew what they had to do.
A solid start from Quins saw Forward Kelly 'Half-Pint' Robins score her first try - after transitioning from Football to Rugby.
Cuffley battled hard but the solidity of Quins defense with locks Yasmine Leahy & Jess Dawson not letting anyone through, until one speedy winger broke the line - unfortunately for her flanker Megan was having none of it and saw the half out with a massive try saving tackle!
- Second half -
Quins started strong again - when flanker Megan scored another try for Quins - unfortunately just out of Vice-Captain Shaunie Kiernan's kicking range - Quins 10 - 0 Cuffley.
The game progressed - both teams tiring, the usual injuries and stoppages for tape - Cuffley manage to execute a well run overlap scoring a try in the corner - Quins 10 - 5 Cuffley.
Quins did not let this get the better of them - words from coaches and captains while behind the posts meant they came back even more determined to see the game out.
An unfortunate head injury to Prop Lauren 'Boz' Bosley saw the eagerly awaited return of Kate Goater come on from the bench - after a year out and becoming a new mum she was a force not to be reckoned with, making yards and tackles like she hadn't missed a day of training, all while having her husband and junior cheering her on of course!
A high tackle on Vice Captain Shaunie Kiernan gave Quins the chance to see the game out - what decision was to be taken?
Captain Laura 'Stevo' Stephenson and Shaunie discussed options - sure it was in kicking range Shaunie opted to kick to the posts.
Harlequins 13-5 Cuffley
Captain Stevo had this to say:
"Our win at home to Cuffley marked a huge turning point for the Harlequin Ladies and one of our best wins to date. In truly terrible weather conditions, as a team we turned up, switched on from the warm up, wanting it.
I strongly believe that much of our success has been down to our training. The numbers at training have been consistently strong, with everyone turning up with the right attitude and ready to learn from the coaches. The 7pm sessions with our fitness coach have been hugely rewarding , it has afforded us the opportunity to warm up, switch on and gain more strength and conditioning, which is definitely showing on the field.
What can we learn from Sunday’s game?
That anything is possible with the right commitment and effort. We are getting closer to being the successful team that we all want and deserve to be."
Harlequin Ladies are playing host to Hampstead 2's this coming Sunday 22nd January.
Kick-Off is at 2pm.
If Quins play like they did against Cuffley this match should be an entertaining one! Come along and support The Harlequin Ladies in their 21st season.
Updated 13:12 - 17 Jan 2017 by Shauna Kiernan