Harlequins U21 came away with a win in their away game at Worcester on Saturday 24th January, although the manner of the victory wasn't at all satisfactory. Starting brightly, with quick interchanges of play between backs and forward, Quins looked to be in the driving seat. However, an uncanny knack to un-do the good work with poor execution of basic skills and lack of 'finishing' led to Worcester taking the lead and slowly exerting authority in the first half.
A Worcester converted try was responded to by a well worked passage of play from inside Quins' own half, with back row and backs combining to good effect. The try by centre Masson remained unconverted and the score stayed at 7-5 well into the second half. This second period saw the Quins forwards exert pressure in the tight, pushing Worcester back in the scrum and using catch and drive ploys at the lineout. Despite this advantage, the Quins' backs struggled to eke out any gaps and it was left to the powerful Guest to score from close quarters. Jarvis converted this score and Quins managed to maintain discipline for the final ten minutes of play to come away 12-7 victors. Although some would say that a "win is a win" it is clear to the squad that some hard work is required over the next few weeks to ensure that skill levels improve from this low ebb.
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.