NEC Harlequins emerged victorious in their third pre-season friendly match against the Gwent Dragons at Rodney Road on Monday 25th August winning the game 24-12.
Quins put the first points on the board with an opening try from wing Matt Moore. After winning the ball, Simon Keogh passed to Mel Deane who made a break and created space out wide. Josh Taumalolo took the opportunity to make further yards before setting Moore up on the left wing who ran in to score. Paul Burke missed the conversion and Quins were 5-0 up.
Gwent then answered back with six points when fly-half Lee Jarvis slotted two penalties, one for offside and the other for hands in the ruck.
The remainder of the first half saw the Dragons securing most of the possession and both sides pushing the ball out wide. After missing a drop goal, the Welsh side eventually came away with the points through another Jarvis penalty taking the score to 9-5 at the break.
The Quins defence during this period was strong even with 14 men on the field after Simon Miall was sin binned.
The second half began with a Burke penalty slotted from 40 metres out on the left touch line. With Quins behind 9-8, the Dragons gave away a succession of penalties, Burke missed the first but kicked the second putting the score at 9-11.
Another penalty went Quins way ten minutes in putting them 14-9 ahead, but the Dragons answered back with one of their own from about 20 metres out in front of the posts.
With the score at 12-14 the home side were penalised for being offside after a Quins line out. As advantage was being played Burke tried to kick a drop goal which bounced back off the posts, but his penalty kick was successful.
The home team had two try scoring opportunities, but were unsuccessful due to some solid defence from the visitors. It was replacement centre Rhys Shorney that scored the much needed try for the Dragons, but it was disallowed due to a double movement.
A typical speedy break from 20 year old winger Ugo Monye got Quins on the attack again. Monye offloaded the ball to Jim Evans who continued the move and the ball was recycled and sent left to Moore who went over to claim his second try. Burke successfully converted taking the score to 12-24 at the final whistle.
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.