Nine tries power ‘Quins to victory

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Whitby Harlequins carried on their unbeaten run with a convincing win against Darlington and carrying on the superb defence to a higher level, conceding no tries.

Although the score showed a big difference, Darlington were no pushover and held their own for the first half, using the strong wind to their advantage to keep the home team in their own half for a good part of the first half.

But even with this advantage, three fine first half tries from Anthony Craig, Gordon Bland and Aaron Jones, two of which were converted by Tom Swan to put the ‘Quins into the half-time break 19-3 up, with Darlington only scoring one penalty in reply.

In the second half, the ‘Quins ran riot with some excellent forward drives down the field and it was not long till Bland scored, shortly followed by Mick Latus who scythed through the defence to touch down.

Craig Hall then showed a great turn of speed when he outpaced the visitors’ wing to score a great try.

The ‘Quins seventh try came from man of the match Phil Coverdale, crashing over from short range.

Shane Young jinked his way through for the eighth and Dave Straker, playing his first game in nine months after a broken leg, finished the afternoon’s rout off with a ninth, powering his way over under the posts.

This was another great team performance from the ‘Quins who scored plenty of tries - and coach Matt Webster was happy with his team’s defence, especially Anthony Craig, Ryan Vasey and Andy McGreavey whose great covering tackles made sure none of the visitors got over the Whitby tryline.

This Saturday (3 Dec) sees the ‘Quins entertain Middlesbrough, kick-off 2.15pm. Any players old or new wishing to play can contact Matt Webster or be at the club at 12.30pm. Match sponsor: Allan Knaggs chartered fishing trips.