Harlequins U21s side got back to winning ways on Saturday 4th October in a hard fought and scrappy game against National 2 outfit, Nottingham RFC. Quins ran out eventual 43-18 winners, but had to fight all the way.
With the set pieces turning into a lottery, and tackle situations becoming heavily penalised, it was the Quins broken play, with breaks from Max Evans and wide passes from Adrian Jarvis timed well, that created space. It was the home side that opened the scoring in the first move of the afternoon, but any potential floodgates that could have opened failed to do so.
The Nottingham pack, surely at least a stone a man heavier, dominated the set pieces, but couldn't make this advantage pay as their back line struggled to put any sustained attacks together. Clearly frustrated, the game became a little niggly in the second half, although it was pleasing to note that the young Quins forwards weren't about to surrender.
Quins looked to attack from deep throughout the game, and it was clear that the pace of Crowley and well timed runs by McGovern would be too much for the visitors should enough possession be gained. In the end, the score line probably flatters the Quins side in what was a scrappy and error strewn afternoon. The quality of rugby will have to improve when the Quins 21s hit the road again next week for the match against Sale.
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