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Un jeu de trois demis - Montpellier et Harlequins

By The Prof
August 22 2003

With the poor showing from Montpellier in the first game hopes were high amongst the intrepid Quins travelling support who made it to the South of France. The Quins team for this match was very young with most of the back line being either U21s or new signings.

1. Ceri Jones
2. James Hayter
3. Laurent Gomez
4. Bill Davison
5. Jim Evans
6. Luke Sherriff
7. Pat Sanderson (c)
8. Kai Horstmann
9. Simon Keogh
10. Andy Dunne
11. Tom Williams
12. Andy Reay
13. Chris Bell
14. Ugo Monye
15. Gavin Duffy

Montpellier kicked off poorly - a recurring event in both of their games, the ball didn't go 10m, the resulting scrum collapsed giving Quins a penalty on the half way line - Dunne kicked to touch on their 10m line.

A good lineout followed which lead to a rolling maul, the ball was then quickly moved right to Ugo who then ran left across the length of the pitch but when he tried to chip the fullback he put too much on it and the ball went dead.

The ball was kicked back to Ugo who passed to Duffy who kicked downfield, the return kick from Montpellier was poor giving Quins an attacking lineout. The throw from Hayter was good and a rolling maul trundled over the line for Pat Sanderson to score. The difficult conversion was missed by Dunne 0-5 4 mins.

Quins were awarded a scrum from the restart but the put in was delayed giving the French side a free kick. Quins hands in the ruck gave the opposition a penalty which they missed.

A long clearance by Duffy stopped just short of their line and their fullback was carried into touch by three Quins backs.

There was more messy handling by both sides and Quins kept giving away penalties at scrums and rucks. The Montpellier kicker had a poor game and missed another penalty and sent one touch kick dead.

Another good Quins line out to Jim Evans was spun wide right to Ugo who attacked but was bundled into touch short.

At half-time the score was still 0-5.

The second half started with Montpellier repeatedly kicking deep to turn our defence. They also attacked well but our defence was very strong and kept them out again and again, although we gave too many penalties away.

Then Montpellier scored an identical try to Sanderson's - a rolling maul from a line out. Their kicker got the conversion - 7-5 6mins

According to John the Bike "Quins had gone off the simmer"

The ball was turned over after a French line out and Ceri Jones made a good and surprisingly fast break up the middle, he drew the fullback and sent a well timed pass to Tom Williams who ran in unopposed, Dunne got the conversion. 7-12 13 mins.

Just one minute before full time Montpellier scored from what seemed to be a forward pass and they ended up the winners 14-12.

It was a slightly disappointing performance from the young Quins side, the scrum didn't function that well in the tight but the line outs were good.

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