The Harlequin Ladies suffered a home defeat in the league on Sunday (16th January), losing to Wimbledon by 10-5, writes Jo Everett.
Quins received the kick-off in what was to be a scrappy first half, in the teams first match after the long Christmas break. Although the home side quickly worked their way into Wimbledon's half, several handling errors and their failure to secure the ball at the breakdown kept them away from the tryline.
Wimbledon then kicked themselves into a better field position and quickly pulled in the Quins defence, before scoring the opening try of the match out wide.
Quins put in a strong chase at the restart and put their opponents under some pressure. However, with slow ball materialising from the rucks, the Ladies were unable to put points on the board despite their good field position. Once again, Wimbledon were able to fight their way down the pitch, this time running through the middle to secure their second try.
Quins finally began to raise their game, despite a run of injuries in the second half. Wimbledon were kept in their half for much of the second 40 minutes, but defended well against the strong attack by the Quins forwards.
Harlequins continued to attack and their efforts were finally rewarded when centre Tanya Lee carried the ball over the line close to the final whistle. The Ladies will need to tighten up their game plan ready for next week's fixture away to Blackheath (Sunday 30th January), as every league point becomes crucial.
Quins Ladies carry the flag!
Several of the Harlequin Ladies were proud to participate in the ERC flag bearing ceremony before NEC Harlequins Heineken Cup game against Munster at Twickenham on Saturday (15th January).
With other members of the Ladies' team supporting the community rugby programme, which also ran before the match, it was a great opportunity for the Ladies to raise their profile and show their support of the club.
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.