NEC Harlequins finished this seasons Zurich A League campaign with a 6-3 victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last night (Tuesday 29th March). Heavy rain prevented either side from playing much expansive rugby and it was two penalties from Will Greenwood, in his first game back from a shoulder injury, which ultimately gave Quins a win.
It was the home side who had the better of the first half and it was they who led at half-time. However, fly half Ramiro Pez converted just one of three penalty attempts to give Bath a slender three-point advantage at the interval.
13 minutes after the restart and Quins were back on level terms. After Bath were penalised for being offside, Greenwood made no mistake with his kick at goal from in front of the posts to level the score (3-3). With conditions worsening and time running out, Greenwood converted what would be the match winning penalty four minutes from time.
The home side had the better of the closing stages, but Quins held out for their ninth win from ten matches in this seasons Zurich A League. Despite this victory, it was not enough to see Quins qualify for next months final, as they finished second in the South Zone league behind London Wasps.
Final score, 3-6.
Bath XV: 15. Peter Murchie, 14. Keiron Lewitt, 13. Mike Mangeolles, 12. Mitch Burton, 11. Dom Hitchcock, 10. Ramiro Pez, 9. Mike Baxter, 1. David Flatman, 2. Rob Hawkins, 3. Chris Loader, 4. Rob Fidler, 5. James Hudson, 6. Dan Smith, 7. Dave Ward, 8. Sam Hocking
Replacements: 16. Chris Lilley, 17. Heinrich Kok, 18. Luke Cozens, 19. Darren Coles, 20. Gary Holmes, 21. Simon Puckering, 22. Ben Mercer
NEC Harlequins XV: 15. Mike Brown, 14. Charlie Amesbury, 13. Henry Barratt, 12. Andy Reay, 11. Kiba Richards, 10. Will Greenwood, 9. Dave Von Hoesslin, 1. Tom Muggridge, 2. Cameron Dott, 3. Jon Dawson, 4. Karl Rudzki, 5. Roy Winters, 6. Chris Cracknell, 7. Luke Sherriff, 8. Tom Guest
Replacements: 16. James Hayter, 17. Mark Abel, 18. George Robson, 19. Darren Clayton, 20. Kai Horstmann, 21. Duncan James, 22. Tosh Masson, 23. Luke Cousins
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.