Whitby Harlequins played Hartlepool Rovers on a sunny afternoon and produced their best display of the season.
The wind was making any kind of kicking game difficult.
Harlequins were determined to enjoy their final game of the season with a side made up of several old campaigners and a lot of younger players who were enjoying their first season in senior rugby. Jack Reeves, making a welcome return to the team after major shoulder surgery, having been a promising junior, opened the scoring. But in an even start, Hartlepool replied, scoring straight away. Nathan Kaz broke through the Hartlepool defence to score Whitby’s second try before Hartlepool replied.
Kaz, who was having a great game among the backs, soon scored again, giving Whitby a lead going into half-time.
Hartlepool converted both their tries while the Whitby kicker only converted two, making it 19-14 at the break.
In the second half, Whitby started to turn on the style.
Veteran brothers Matt and Simon Webster – the latter making a guest appearance from Melbourne – rolled back the years and showed that class will always shine through, playing together in the Whitby second row.
Richard Eglon was having an impressive game with some especially accurate throwing in at the line-out and the Quins were making the most of this with Dyran Sullivan showing a safe pair of hands while being lifted in the line-out. gaining important possession.
With the senior players Matt Coomber, Craig Hall, Jock Harrison and the evergreen Chris Riddolls providing a steadying effect in the scrum, the younger Whitby backs started to make use of their speed and handling ability, passing the ball around.
Tyler Kaye at scrum half distributed the ball around the pitch and soon the tries started to come, Jack Reeves scored another two, Connor Clements and Matt Webster also scored and with one conversion that took the Whitby score to 41 points such was the ability of the defence drilled from full back by Stuart Gregson, that Hartlepool were unable to score in the second half
Manager Rob Reed said this was the best display by the Harlequins all season and was a great win to end the season on. Man of the match: Jack Reeves
Whitby Harlequins 41 Hartlepool Rovers 14