A young NEC Harlequins Second XV comfortably defeated The Army at the Aldershot Stadium last night (Wednesday 12th January), scoring seven tries in a 53-22 victory.
Quins opened the scoring soon after the kick-off, as a break from scrum half Duncan James led to lock forward George Robson claiming the first try of the night, which fly half Luke Cousins converted. Persistent pressure from the Army followed and their efforts were rewarded 15 minutes into the game with an unconverted try in the right hand corner, which made the score 7-5 to Quins.
However, Quins stretched their advantage soon after and once again it was a fine break from James that set-up the score, with full back Charlie Amesbury sprinting clear to touchdown under the posts. Cousins made no mistake with the simple conversion and then added a penalty to the Quins tally, to make the score 17-5.
Ten minutes before the interval and Joe Mbu burst through The Army defence and had Mike Brown in support to gratefully accept the scoring pass, after the winger was held-up just short of the line. Mbu then finished off a length of the field move straight from the restart, gathering his own chip ahead in the process before fending off a number of defenders in a great solo effort. Cousins converted both scores but a second try from The Army on the stroke of half-time, made the score 31-10 in Quins favour at the break.
Cousins kicked his second penalty of the night at the start of the second half, before James scored Quins fifth try of the night. The scrum half collected a loose ball just inside the The Army half and then finished off the move in the right hand corner following some excellent support play.
15 minutes into the half and from a lineout close to The Army line, prop forward and captain for the night Tom Muggridge was driven over by the rest of the pack. Cousins converted from wide out to make the score 46-10.
As the game entered the final quarter, Tom Guest completed Quins try scoring for the night. The number eight intercepted the ball just outside of The Army twenty-two and showed great pace in sprinting clear to score under the posts. Cousins added the two extra points and Quins were over the 50-point mark (53-10).
The Army scored two consolation tries in the last five minutes, both from rolling mauls by the pack, but they did little to effect the final outcome.
Final score, 22-53.
NEC Harlequins XV: 15. Charlie Amesbury, 14. Henry Barratt, 13. Mike Brown, 12. Tosh Masson, 11. Joe Mbu, 10. Luke Cousins, 9. Duncan James, 1. Tom Muggridge (Capt.), 2. Cameron Dott, 3. Alex Rogers, 4. George Robson, 5. James Inglis, 6. Chris Robshaw, 7. Darren Clayton, 8. Tom Guest
Replacements: 16. Matt Sermon, 17. Mark Abel, 18. Alex Ayling, 19. Andrew Hodgkins, 20. Steven Jay, 21. Kiba Richards
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.