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1st XV - Match centre

Cuffley
Harlequin Amateurs
Full time
A Smail, D Love, J Letherbarrow, S Gorman
G Jaques (2)
Sat 9 Sep TBC - London & SE Division - Herts Middlesex 2

Quins Fight Back Not Enough in League Opener

Quins fight back in the elements but fall just short of starting the league with a win

Harlequin Amateurs made the trip to
Cuffley on Saturday to open their 2017/18 league campaign. After a long pre season of high quality work, Quins were in high spirits and hoping to continue their run of results against an opposition they beat twice last season.

Cuffley, however, seemed to have a
point to prove and at half time found themselves 19-5 up, despite playing part of the half down to 13 men, with two players in the bin. The five points for Quins coming from an Alec Smail try, who danced through several would-be tacklers to score in the corner.

After a slight reshuffle at half time,
Quins came out knowing they had the ability and fitness to turn the game around. Cameron Gray came into hook and a debut was given to Tom Webb who came on at 15.

As the half wore on, despite playing
into the sun and uphill, Quins started to show dominance over their Cuffley counterparts. Scrums were now being turned over, and Quins constantly found themselves getting over the gain line and on the front foot, which eventually led to scores for front rowers,
James Welsh and David Love. Quins didn’t have it all their own way, however, with Cuffley managing an unconverted try and penalty to take the score to 27-19 with 15 minutes remaining. With 2 minutes to go and a five meter scrum, the pack drove Cuffley over
the line and No.8 Sean Gorman dropped on the ball to score and take the score to 27-24.

Knowing the restart would be the last
play of the game, Quins had to run the ball back hard at Cuffley. Quins threw everything at Cuffley to force that important try, but Cuffley had other ideas and put great pressure on at the breakdown to force Quins into conceding a penalty, which was duly
kicked into touch to end the game.

Not the result that Quins would of
wanted, but to take two bonus points away from a game that looked to be over at half time shows what great spirit Quins have in the squad.

League debuts for Andrew Rostek and
Tom Webb show the quality of recruitment Quins have done over the Summer, and there was also the welcome return of Will Flaherty into the squad after a full season injured.

MOM went to Cameron Gray for his set
piece work and bulldozing runs in the loose.
DOD went to Harry Stark for his self
imposed time out.

We all look forward to James Addis
crate of beer next week for his yellow.

Key moments

20:00
Try Alec Smail scores for Harlequin Amateurs
50:00
Try Dave Love scores for Harlequin Amateurs
51:00
Conversion George Jaques kicks a conversion for Harlequin Amateurs
60:00
Try James Letherbarrow scores for Harlequin Amateurs
70:00
Try Sean Gorman scores for Harlequin Amateurs
71:00
Conversion George Jaques kicks a conversion for Harlequin Amateurs

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Cameron Gray is awarded player of the match for Harlequin Amateurs
71:00 Conversion 0 - 24
George Jaques kicks a conversion for Harlequin Amateurs
70:00 Try 0 - 22
Sean Gorman scores for Harlequin Amateurs
61:00 Missed Conversion
George Jaques misses a conversion for Harlequin Amateurs
60:00 Try 0 - 17
James Letherbarrow scores for Harlequin Amateurs
51:00 Conversion 0 - 12
George Jaques kicks a conversion for Harlequin Amateurs
50:00 Try 0 - 10
Dave Love scores for Harlequin Amateurs
50:00 Sub Off
Alex Horsfall is substituted off for Harlequin Amateurs
50:00 Sub On
William Flaherty is substituted on for Harlequin Amateurs
41:00 Sub Off
Andrew Rostek is substituted off for Harlequin Amateurs
41:00 Sub On
Tom Webb is substituted on for Harlequin Amateurs
41:00 Sub Off
Harry Stark is substituted off for Harlequin Amateurs
41:00 Sub On
Cameron Gray is substituted on for Harlequin Amateurs
End of period 1
21:00 Missed Conversion
George Jaques misses a conversion for Harlequin Amateurs
20:00 Try 0 - 5
Alec Smail scores for Harlequin Amateurs
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Cuffley
  • Harlequin Amateurs
  • 0
  • Alec Smail Try 20:00'
  • Tom Webb Sub On 41:00'
  • Andrew Rostek Sub Off 41:00'
  • Harry Stark Sub Off 41:00'
  • Cameron Gray Sub On 41:00'
  • Dave Love Try 50:00'
  • Alex Horsfall Sub Off 50:00'
  • William Flaherty Sub On 50:00'
  • George Jaques Conversion 51:00'
  • James Letherbarrow Try 60:00'
  • Sean Gorman Try 70:00'
  • George Jaques Conversion 71:00'
  • Cameron Gray Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Rostek, Andrew Rostek, Andrew
Smail, Alec Smail, Alec
Armel-Close, Ash Armel-Close, Ash
Addis, Aaron Addis, Aaron
Addis, James Addis, James
Jaques, George Jaques, George
Hibbert, Paul Hibbert, Paul
Gorman, Sean Gorman, Sean
Watkins, Joe Watkins, Joe
Horsfall, Alex Horsfall, Alex
Rowland, Simon Rowland, Simon
Addis, Chris Addis, Chris
Letherbarrow, James Letherbarrow, James
Stark, Harry Stark, Harry
Love, Dave Love, Dave

League round up

Other Herts Middlesex 2 results

10
29
Mill Hill
7
33
Thamesians
Old Isleworthians
17
24
Uxbridge
Old Millhillians
West London
To be arranged 12
Hillingdon Abbots

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Cuffley 2 5
7. West London 1 4
8. Harlequin Amateurs 2 3
9. Old Isleworthians 2 1
10. To be arranged 12 0 0
11. Hillingdon Abbots 1 0
12. Haringey Rhinos 2 0

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