NEC Harlequins U21s made the most of an early kick off to beat a spirited Army side 52-10 at Aldershot on Saturday 18th October.
The forwards provided a stream of possession throughout the game, with the front row of Matini, Dott and deJaeger making life very uncomfortable in the scrums for their opponents. With Tom Parker calling the shots and varying plays to good effect, the lineout was much improved on the previous week. As a result, three tries were scored from catch and drive options.
It was a little disappointing that the Quins backs weren't able to capitalise more on the first phase ball- most attacking play was seen from broken play, where Barratt, Masson and Jarvis combined well at times despite some "timing" problems. The back line was also severely disrupted with injuries to both wingers in the first half - both Neil McGovern and Chinudu Okowlu will be missed over the next few weeks whilst their respective injuries heal.
The fact that Quins were unable to break the Army defence down straight away also owes much to their desire to compete in all areas and their offensive defence and determination around the fringes caused a few problems. Quins also kicked away too much possession in the opponents third of the field where an extra pair of hands could have resulted in a try.
Nevertheless, a pleasing win to take the squad forward into what promises to be a testing game away at Bedford next week.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.