<strong>Pontypridd 14 - NEC Harlequins 15 </strong>
NEC Harlequins beat Pontypridd by the narrowest of margins in a game affected by the conditions. Poor handling, unforced errors and players regularly losing their footing was a constant feature due to persistent rain.
The home team made the better start. Early pressure resulted in a try for winger Lenny Woodard after 7 minutes. He beat Brendon Daniel and Ryan O'Neill to a cross-field kick to score in the corner, though Lee Jarvis failed with the conversion.
Quins hit back after 25 minutes. A Keith Wood charge, from a lineout inside the Pontypridd twenty-two, allowed Garrick Morgan to dive over from close range. Burke's conversion gave Quins a 7-5 lead.
Quins defended the rest of the half superbly, defusing one Pontypridd attack after another. Though Pontypridd led going into the break thanks to a Jarvis penalty, with Quins adjudged offside in midfield.
Quins made the perfect start to the second half. With the rain briefly subsiding, Peter Richards made a powerful break. He found support from Steve White-Cooper who turned the ball back inside to Mark Mapletoft. Danny Badham, currently on a short-term trial, was on hand to take the scoring pass. Mapletoft missed the conversion but Quins regained the lead 12-8.
More excellent defence continued to keep Pontypridd at bay until a penalty from full back Brett Davey cut the deficit to just one point. Quins rallied and were rewarded a penalty which Ben Gollings successfully converted after 58 minutes. Quins now lead 15-11. Another Davey penalty completed the scoring with twenty minutes left.
Despite being under constant pressure, Quins defence held out and prevented Pontypridd claiming a winning score. The game was an excellent opportunity for the squad to get some competitive match practice prior to the start of the Premiership season.
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.