NEC Harlequins eased to victory over the Army in their friendly fixture at Aldershot last night (Tuesday 19th April), scoring 11 tries in a win by 77-12.
Quins opened the scoring in the ninth minute, with Roy Winters capitalising on good work from Simon Miall to score under the posts. Arwel Thomas made no mistake with the simple conversion and then added the two extra points on offer after James Hayter went over for Quins second try four minutes later.
After conceding the first of two tries in the match, Quins extended their advantage five minutes into the second quarter. Mel Deane was driven over from close range and a successful conversion from Thomas put Quins 21-5 ahead.
Seven minutes before half-time and it was Tom Muggeridge's turn to be driven over from a lineout close to the line to claim Quins fourth try, which Thomas once again converted. A second Army try temporarily cut the deficit, but Gavin Duffy raced over straight from the restart and the two extra points from the conversion gave Quins a 23-point lead at the break (35-12).
Wholesale changes to the team at half-time had little effect in slowing the scoring rate. An excellent break from Henry Barratt led to Jim Evans scoring Quins opening try of the second half that Jeremy Staunton converted, having replaced Thomas at the interval. Staunton then converted his own excellent solo try to make the score 49-12 as the game went into the final quarter.
Barratt added to the tally after a fine break from Charlie Amesbury created the scoring chance, before Dave von Hoesslin scored try number nine following good work from Barratt and Evans. With Staunton converting both scores, Quins led 63-12 six minutes from the end.
Back row forwards Kai Horstmann and Tom Guest got on the score-sheet in the time that remained, with Staunton adding four further points to the total by converting both tries.
Final score, 12-77.
NEC Harlequins Scorers:
Tries: Winters, Hayter, Deane, Muggeridge, Duffy, Evans, Staunton, Barratt, von Hoesslin, Horstmann, Guest
Conversions: Thomas (5), Staunton (6)
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.