Late penalty means Quins Ladies suffer another defeat
18 April 2005 13:31pm
Despite a greatly improved performance, it was to be yet another defeat for the Harlequin Ladies yesterday (Sunday 17th April) by 8-5 at Folkestone, writes Jo Everett.
Quins made a very strong start to the match, attacking well from the kick-off and pushing the home side back into their own half. Folkestone defended fiercely, but Quins played a patient game and made the most of the many penalties conceded by the hosts. It was late in the first half when scrum half Donna Tracey picked up from the back of a ruck and made an excellent run to cross the line to open the scoring.
The second half opened with Folkestone determined to play a more attacking game and keep Quins in their half. When awarded a scrum inside the Ladies twenty-two, it was their scrum half who claimed the try to level the score (5-5).
Quins regained their focus to ensure Folkestone did not cross the line again and fought hard to regain possession. Although Quins were repeatedly able to work their way into Folkestone's territory, the home side, with the wind behind them, made very good use of their kicking game to put the visitors on the back foot.
When Quins conceded a penalty for holding on to the ball on the floor, right in front of the posts, it was an easy decision for Folkestone to go for the three points. The kick was successful and would prove to be the match winning score. Quins rallied in the final few minutes, hoping to make the most of further penalties being given away by Folkestone, but time was against them.
Although disappointed by the result, Quins were pleased to have raised their game from last week's poor performance. They now wait for the final league table to see where they stand for next season.
With the league season drawing to a close, yesterday was to be the final league game for scrum half Donna Tracey, as she will be returning to Australia later this summer. Donna was named man-of-the-match for her great performance, not just on Sunday but throughout her time at Quins.
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.