NEC Harlequins scored nine tries in a 61-17 victory over The Army at Aldershot Stadium last night (3rd March). Centre Rob Jewell scored twice, one in each other, while Josh Taumalolo finished the game with 23 points to his name.
Full match report to follow. NEC Harlequins scored nine tries in a 61-17 victory over the Army at Aldershot Stadium last night (3rd March). Centre Rob Jewell scored twice, one in each other, while Josh Taumalolo finished the game with 23 points to his name in what was a fast, furious and entertaining encounter.
Quins almost made a dream start as their opening attack of the night took play deep into the Army's twenty-two, but captain Luke Sherriff knocked the ball on in attempting to dive over for the try. However, after 11 minutes Quins did open the scoring when they were awarded a penalty try after the home side illegally pulled down a rolling maul just short of the line. Taumalolo made no mistake with the conversion from in front of the posts.
Full back Mal Roberts cut the deficit by kicking a penalty for the home side but Taumalolo broke free to score Quins second try with 17 minutes on the clock and the fly half once again added the two extra points from the conversion, making the score 14-3.
After failing to make the most of a couple of excellent length of the field moves, Quins had no such problems when awarded a scrum five metres out, with Sherriff powering his way over from close range. Taumalolo added the conversion but a try from prop John Beart, converted by Roberts, kept the Army in touch with the score 21-10 in Quins favour after 36 minutes.
A minute before half-time and Jewell capitalized on a quickly taken penalty from Ben Willis inside the Army's twenty-two and another two extra points from Taumalolo made the score 28-10 at the interval. Quins were soon adding to their tally after the restart with Kai Hortsmann getting on the score-sheet after good work from Tom Williams.
Matt Moore and Taumalolo combined to set-up Jewell's second try that was soon followed by a cracking score from Moore. After winning possession from a scrum inside the Quins half, Taumalolo's huge pass across the midfield put Williams into space. The full back took play into the Army's half before releasing Moore, who comfortably fended off a challenge from Roberts to race clear for the try. Taumalolo's conversion moved the score on to 49-16.
Tom Allen scored try number eight after a catch and drive from the forwards and a break from Taumalolo and it was Allen who then set-up the final Quins score, feeding Laurent Gomez the scoring pass after being held-up close to the line.
The Army had the last word, scoring a consolation try and conversion with the final play of the game to make the final score 17-61 to Quins.
NEC Harlequins XV: 15. T. Williams, 14. M. Brown, 13. T. Allen, 12. R. Jewell, 11. M. Moore, 10. J. Taumalolo, 9. B. Willis, 1. T. Muggridge, 2. J. Hayter, 3. L. Gomez, 4. R. Winters, 5. S. Miall, 6. C. Cracknell, 7. L. Sherriff (Capt.), 8. K. Hortsmann
Replacements: 16. C. Dott, 17. G. Rise, 18. J. Evans, 19. B. Creed, 20. D. James, 21. T. Mason, 22. H. Barratt
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.