Ollie Lindsay-Hague was the star man for Harlequins 'A' as they were crowned Aviva 'A' League Champions of 2012 at the Stoop against Saracens Storm.
The Harlequins full-back bagged a brace of tries and was crowned man of the match in what was a stand-out performance from the 22 year-old.
Darryl Marfo scored a brace, while Charlie Matthews also crossed the whitewash. The ever reliable Ben Botica added 12 points from his boot to round off a resounding 37-12 victory for the quartered men.
The victory tops off a remarkable campaign for the 'A' team and has brought the first piece of silverware of the season to the Stoop.
In the early stages of the match, Harlequins were let off lightly as two Nils Mordt penalties missed their target. Seeing this as an early wake up call, Harlequins were denied to opening score by referee Ian Tempest.
With Storm in attack, Ben Ransom knocked on and Marfo scooped up possession. When the ball was recycled and spun wide by Rory Clegg, Miles Mantella chipped passed the defence.
In a foot race with James Short, the Harlequins winger won and dotted the ball down. However Tempest consulted with his assistant and ruled no try.
The disappointed crowd had their mood changed following the resulting scrum as Lindsay-Hague scored the first of his tries. The front row had an early dominance in the set piece and sent Saracens backwards. Karl Dickson made an initial break down the blindside, but when the ball was spun wide, Lindsay-Hague stepped around two tackles and scored. Botica's first conversion attempt missed.
Harlequins took a strangle hold on both possession and territory. The hosts played some exciting open rugby and when needing to, kept it well in the forwards. To the credit of Storms' defence, they kept Harlequins out for a long period of time, forcing penalties and knock-ons with their patient defence.
As the half hour mark approached and with a Saracens scrum buckling again under the pressure of the Harlequins front-row, the clearing kick from the following ruck was charged down by Matthews. The second-row gathered the ball and was brought down five metres from the line. Recycling possession quickly Marfo ran down the blindside and muscled his way over. After missing an early penalty attempt, Botica landed this conversion.
Saracens were able to enjoy some pressure in the Harlequins half following a break from Ransom and Short, but their ill-discipline allowed Harlequins to clear their lines from a penalty.
Just moments later, Lindsay-Hague had the crowd in awe. After dummying a clearance kick in his own 22, the full-back skipped around five defenders and ran beyond half way. The hosts attacked in the opposing 22 and after winning a penalty, kicking to touch and setting up a driving maul, the Harlequins pack steam rolled their way over the line on 37 minutes. Marfo rose from the pile of bodies with the ball and Botica extended the lead to 17-0, as score which remained at the interval.
In the second half, Petrus Du Plessis was brought on and it was the visitors who had the strongest start. After kicking a penalty for a lineout on the edge of the 22, the visitors worked a number of phases. A great line by Duncan Taylor followed by two half breaks from Nick Fenton-Wells had Harlequins on the back foot. When the ball was shipped to the left wing, Kameli Ratuvou flicked the ball along the line for Ransom to gather and score. Mordt again was off target with his kick.
In response Botica added two penalties in quick succession, and when the forwards continued their dominance in the rolling maul for Matthews to score on the hour mark, Botica was on hand to add the extras.
At this point Storm began to rebuild some momentum, but Harlequins and Lindsay-Hague showed in fine style how to counter attack and shift momentum.
Following a threatening break from Eoin Sherriff, the ball was turned over in the shadows of the posts. Jack Clifford began the attack before the ball found Wallace and Mantella on the right wing.
When Mantella was brought down, Harlequins shipped to the left wing quickly, finding Lindsay-Hague. From Halfway the full-back jinked and glided around the defence before breaking free and scoring under the posts. Botica converted the easy kick rounding off Harlequins' scoring at 37.
Storm did impact the score board last with a try from Nick Tompkins with nine minutes remaining. The conversion was missed which rounded off a compelling 37-12 victory for Harlequins 'A'.
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