The Harlequin Ladies travelled all the way to Ipswich yesterday (Sunday 14th November) and suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, writes Jo Everett.
Quins made a positive start to the game with a strong chase to their kick-off ensuring Ipswich were pinned in their own half. Despite a very organised defence from the Ladies, the home team held on to possession well. When the visitors were able to turn the ball over, a string of handling errors and needless penalties prevented Quins from making any ground.
Ipswich played a patient game, securing good possession at the breakdowns and edging their way deeper into Quins territory. They then maximised on the strong running of their inside centre to breakthrough and score. Quins tightened their defence but were still unable to maintain possession and force Ipswich onto the back foot.
The second half witnessed a similar pattern of play, although an excellent interception by centre Amy Wellington, supported by her midfield partner Tanya Lee, nearly saw Quins get onto the scoreboard.
As the game wore on, Ipswich made the most of the cracks appearing in the now exhausted Quins defence and added four further tries late in the second half.
Although disappointed to suffer yet another league defeat, Quins coach Dave Moloney did note that there were many positives to build on, including the improved organisation in the first half. Quins now need to work on their attacking options in order to get out of their losing streak.
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.