Wanderers too strong for disappointing Loughborough
7 December 2004 10:26am
The NEC Harlequins Wanderers good run of results continued when they scored 13 unanswered tries to beat Loughborough University Freshers by 81-0 on Saturday (4th December). Playing at the Imperial Medics ground, the Wanderers settled in to their new home straight away as openside flanker Darren Clayton finished off a length of the field move which he started deep in the Quins twenty-two.
Gaining confidence from the early score, the Wanderers quickly added to their account with Mike Brown and Tom Guest both bagging a brace of tries before the interval. Centre Tosh Masson continually caused the Loughborough defence problems with his direct running and was duly rewarded with his first score ten minutes before half-time.
The forwards were increasingly dominant in the lineout and launched several driving mauls which resulted in a well deserved try for captain Tom Muggridge. Adrian Jarvis kept the scoreboard ticking over by converting five out of his seven kicks at goal. At half-time the Wanderers were ahead 45-0, despite conceding 20 penalties and being awarded none.
Wholesale changes were made at the interval, however that did not stop Quins from adding to their tally, as Masson went over for his second try soon after the restart. The home side continued to upset the referee and this allowed Loughborough to gain some momentum, but they did not trouble the resolute Quins defence. The referee's patience finally ran out when he sent George Robson to the sin-bin. Down to 14 men, Quins dug in but it was not long before the referee showed a yellow card to Alex Ayling.
With both second rows on the touchlines, the young Quins team rallied and managed to score three tries in five minutes. First Clayton went over after an excellent counter attack before winger Kiba Richards scored, which was reward for his good performance on the day. Replacement winger Jonny Whebhe got his name on the scoresheet two minutes later, as Quins comfortably survived playing with only 13 men.
Back to their full quota of players, the Wanderers continued to attack and replacement back row forward Jamie Sutton scored a well deserved try to take the score over 70. Robson scored right on the stroke of the final whistle, to complete the rout. Replacement Luke Cousins kicked three conversions to make the final score 81-0.
NEC Harlequins Wanderers: 15. Mike Brown, 14. Nathan Ampofo (Jonny Whebhe, 40 mins), 13. Tosh Masson, 12. Ben Young, 11. Kiba Richards, 10. Adrian Jarvis (Luke Cousins, 40 mins), 9. Duncan James (Steve Jay, 40 mins), 1. Tom Muggridge (Capt.), 2. Cameron Dott (Matt Sermon, 45 mins), 3. Joe Reid (Mark Abel, 40 mins), 4. Geogre Robson, 5. James Inglis (Alex Ayling, 40 mins), 6. Chris Robshaw, 7. Darren Clayton, 8. Tom Guest (Jamie Sutton, 40 mins)
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