The Harlequin Ladies suffered yet another defeat yesterday (Sunday 21st November) at the hands of table-toppers Old Albanians, writes Jo Everett.
Quins received the kick-off and recycled the ball well at the first breakdown. However, as soon as Quins lost possession, Old Albanians were quick to create the overlap needed to run around and score the opening try of the match.
This was a pattern of play that Old Albanians were to use time and again to extend their lead. Strong runners close to the breakdowns sucked in the Quins defence, leaving gaps out wide for the visitors to exploit. By half-time, Old Albanians had a 36-0 lead.
The second half did see Quins put together more organised phases of play that began to challenge the Old Albanians defence. However, the visitors tackled well and kept Quins well away from the tryline. As Harlequins tired, Old Albanians continued to capitalise on the gaps they were creating, adding another six tries to their tally in the second half.
Once again, despite several positive aspects to their game, the Quins Ladies came away with nothing on the scoreboard. With a week off this weekend, will the Ladies luck finally change away against Medway the following week (Sunday 5th December)?
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.