Touring side’s forwards rule the day

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WHITBY Harlequins entertained touring side old Dudlonians on a lovely sunny afternnon that was perfect for a free-flowing game of rugby that would have suited the young Whitby backs.

However, the much larger visitors had a different game plan and their big ruling forwards foiled Whitby’s game plan to play an expansive game by keeping most of the play in the forwards.

The much lighter Whitby pack competed well with some great play by Phil Wright, Matt Webster and Tristan Pottas but as the game went on, the number of scrums started to take its toll on the ‘Quins and the visitors managed to power over to take the lead with an unconverted try.

Whitby hit back straight away when Gordon Bland went on a great run to score in the corner and then put the home side in the lead with a great conversion but it was the visitors’ day when they breached the home defence to score a converted try and take the lead.

The ‘Quins made a few good runs with winger Craig Devonport twice just being stopped short of the tryline.

Team manager Jim Fountain praised his whole team after the game, especially Whitby’s man of the match, stand-off John Hatton and young full back Tom Steat.

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