The Harlequins U21's winning start to the season was brought to an abrupt halt on Saturday 27th September by a tenacious and well-drilled Leicester side who eventually ran out 39-25 winners.
It was the home side that opened the scoring, with some well-worked continuity opening up an already stretched defence. With Ross Broadfoot at fly half, any kicks within the Quins half were achievable, and the Leicester pack was proving to be a real handful in the loose. Nevertheless, Quins stuck to the task admirably and brought the game within reach, at one stage going ahead by 15-14, after two well finished tries by winger Chinudu Okolu.
The second half saw Harlequins make too many elementary mistakes in the contact area. Leicester spoiled and stole Quins possession and punished lapses in concentration clinically. The turn over count was far too high, together with a miserable day for the lineout, both contributing to a lack of sustained pressure in the Leicester half. Added to this, the Leicester midfield was able to drift to good effect in defence, anticipating the Quins ploy of moving the ball wide. In the centre, however, Tom Allen threatened to breach the defence on numerous occasions, and took his try well with the use of intelligent running skills.
It wasn't to be Quins' day and the squad now heads back to the drawing board to rectify the problem areas before tackling Nottingham 2nd XV this weekend.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.