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Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby

By AlanQuin
August 17 2011

Harlequins won the first home pre-season friendly match against Esher by 24 – 21.  It is doubtful that the coaches learned anything new about their players engaged in what appeared to be an A League match in all but fact.

It took barely five minutes for Ollie Lindsay-Hague to show his speed and instinct for the scoring opportunity and cross for the first try. Urdapilleta converted from the touchline. The young Quins were playing with speed and ambition but early season handling errors were frequent from both sides.  An excellent attack down the right flank saw a kick through intended for Mantella or Lindsay-Hague beat both as it rolled into touch by the flag.

An unforced error by the visitors produced a ball running loose from a ruck and quick passing moved the ball left where an overlap allowed Charlie Walker to show his great speed as he crossed and ran round to score under the posts. Urdapilleta added the extras and after twelve minutes Quins led by 14 – 0.

But then the tide began to turn as a couple of penalties produced good attacking lineouts and Esher began sustained assaults on the Harlequins line.  Then quick ball from the base of a scrum close to the Quins’ line was moved rapidly right for a good try in the right corner duly converted.

A further sequence of intense pressure from the visitors as the first half drew towards its end produced a second try with five minutes remaining and the successful conversion sent the teams off at the interval with the scores level at 14 – 14.

The first fifteen minutes of the second half produced two further tries for Quins, neither of which was converted.  First Tom Casson was forced over from a five metre lineout and then pressure on the visitors’ line left a pile of bodies across the Esher try-line and Urdapilleta at the bottom with the ball.  The lead was now 24 – 14 with about twenty minutes remaining and defence was the Harlequins most important task as Esher threw themselves at the Quins defensive line. The visitors did mount an impressive maul which rumbled over for a try from close quarters, narrowing the lead to 24 – 21 but thereafter the defence held firm.

The newcomers on display were Matt Hopper, who looked a useful acquisition and Richard Bolt, the scrum half, produced an efficient if unexciting display. At fly half Benjamin Urdapilleta kicked wel from hand and kept his backs moving and was always looking for the gap in the defence.

As an exercise the game was no doubt satisfactory but inconsequential. The Nottingham match on Friday when the first team will be on display promises more.

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Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 12:52
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Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 21-24 Esher Rugby
The Prof (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 12:52
Many thanks Alan

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 21-24 Esher Rugby
QuinOnTour (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 13:15
Thanks for the report. You may though want to change the scoreline on the header, which unfortunatley is the wrong way round.

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 21-24 Esher Rugby
Rocker (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 13:28
Good report, thanks.

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
Skip_Quin (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 14:02
Did I seem some comments on Twitter last night that Rory Clegg was wearing a boot and Tom Williams had his hand strapped up, are we already suffering from Pre Season training injuries with Nic Mayhew also out and now Danny with his toe. Are there any others to worry about?

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
SilverstoneQuin (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 15:14
I heard that Tom might have broken his arm and could be out for several months. Hope it's not as bad as that.

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
Quinn-nine (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 16:32
I saw Tom walking around with his arm strapped up, so he may have fractured it.

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Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
The Prof (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 20:08
Will Collier has dislocated his shoulder, Joe Trayfoot was on crutches after the game, I think Sam Stuart is injured now too

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
Rugby101 (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 20:25
Wasn't Luke Wallace on crutches Prof?

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
Rocker (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 20:41
Oh bother. What bad luck we seem to be having with injuries sad smiley

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
The Prof (IP Logged)
17/08/2011 22:12
Sorry, yes, it was Wallace not Trayfoot

Re: Preseason Friendly Harlequins 24-21 Esher Rugby
Babs (IP Logged)
18/08/2011 07:18
Apparently it was Alex Rogers who broke Will Collier on Esher's pre-season friendly out in Lille. Alex was also damaged by the impact.

Luke Wallace has the best hair in the Quins squad.

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