WHITBY Harlequins had to shuffle a few players around into different positions for last Saturday’s game due to a mixed bag of players.
Captain Jim Fountain put himself in the scrum half position and experienced Neil Purves at stand-off with the game plan to get as much ball to the young Quins’ backline as possible to tire out the much larger visitors.
From kick-off, the Quins ran the ball as much as possible on a very heavy pitch but went three poits down when Bishop Auckland kicked a penalty and soon after went further behind when a mistake gifted the visitors’ number eight a converted try.
The Quins stuck to their game plan and eventualy cracks began to appear and Andrew Watson jigged his way past two tacklers to put the Quins on the scoresheet, converted by Tyler Kaye.
Just before half-time, outside centre Luke Brown, in his first senior game, powered over after a crashing run through the visitors weakening defence to lead 12-10 at the break.
Quins started the second half well and winger Josh Wilson came close to scoring twice early on in the half. But it was old timer Craig Hall who rolled back the years to sprint 50 yards to outpace the visitors’ full back to score in the corner.
Connor Clennan made a good break soon after and fed Tyler Kaye who powered over to increase the ‘Quins lead.
The visitors tried to come back into the game but great tackling from Aaron Jones and Grant Smith kept them out and the Quins ran out worthy winners.
Captain Jim Fountain had nothing but praise for his team’s performance and gave man of the match to Luke Brown.
The Quins are away to Richmondshire tomorrow on a coach - dress code onesies.
Coach is leaving 11am from the club house.
Harlequins 22 Bishop Auckland 10