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Un jeu de trois demis - Beziers et Harlequins

By The Prof
August 22 2003

The only changes in the starting line up were Miall on for Evans in the second row and Adrian Jarvis for Andy Dunne at fly half. 1. Ceri Jones
2. James Hayter
3. Laurent Gomez
4. Bill Davison
5. Simon Miall
6. Luke Sherriff
7. Pat Sanderson (c)
8. Kai Horstmann
9. Simon Keogh
10. Adrian Jarvis
11. Tom Williams
12. Andy Reay
13. Chris Bell
14. Ugo Monye
15. Gavin Duffy

Beziers(playing in white this time) started strongly and Quins again gave too many penalties away at the break down but good tackling by the likes of Miall, Reay, Bell and Monye kept them at bay.

Duffy eventually marked the ball and took a quick tap and passed the ball to Ugo on his own line, he then ran around his opposite number who was no slouch and jinked around another couple of tacklers before cutting infield - were we to see a repeat of Greenwood's wonder try against Brive a couple of seasons ago - sadly not but Ugo made about 60 yards before being brought down. The locals appreciated his skills and gave him a round of applause.

After ten minutes Gomez was pulled off by the management and was replaced by Dawson. About the same time Davison's high tech new shirt disintegrated much to the delight of the female Quins fans present.

On 17 minutes the home side were awarded a penalty for handling in the ruck and the 35m kick was good to give Beziers a 3-0 lead.

Beziers mounted attack after attack but great defensive tackles including one fine one from Jarvis kept them from scoring a try. They eventually got the ball over the line only for it to be held up. The pressure was finally relieved when the Beziers scrum half was penalised for stamping.

Matty Moore, who was acting as one of the many water boys, was almost caught up in the action but managed to sprint off just in time and he even remembered to rehydrate afterwards on the side line.

the score remained 3-0 at HT

Sherriff made a good break spinning the ball left down the line but sadly the ball was spilled - hadn't Harvey the invisibly winger moved on at the end of last season? Luckily we were playing advantage and Jarvis slotted the penalty from 40m in an absolute cacophony.

Another Beziers line out resulted in Quins ball when the home side forgot to jump, this lead to a great break by Bell who was well supported by Horstmann and Jarvis but sadly the ball was knocked on.

Quins turned the ball over again and sent it left to Tom Williams who tried to chip his opposite number but the ball just rebounded off him only for Williams to regather and pass inside to Andy Reay who scored. Jarvis converted and the score was 3-10 on 7 minutes.

Keogh limped off, hopefully just with cramp, to be replaced by Ben Willis.

Beziers came back again but the defensive organisation was good and their attacks came to nothing.

Horstmann made a great break through the middle well supported by Davison, Willis, Jarvis and finally Williams who scored in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed. 3-15 14 mins.

Quins did some pick and drive from the restart and the resulting maul was illegally pulled down. Jarvis kicked to touch and the lineout was well caught by Davison who got it back quickly. The ball went left to Reay who made a great break before offloading to Willis who broke three tackles to score. The conversion was good. 3-22 17 minutes.

This turned out to be the final score of the game. With each team having won one game Beziers ended up winning the trophy for scoring a bonus point in the first game for scoring four tries.

This last game was very promising for Quins. Bell and Reay both looked good in the centre, Ugo and Williams looked sharp on the wings and the pack looked good in the loose (although the scrummaging needs improvement and a lower penalty count is a must). Jones, Davison, Miall and Horstmann looked particularly good.

On first showing the Irish lads all performed well with Willis probably being the pick of the bunch so far.

We must remember that this team was more likely to be a mixture of the seconds and U21s, and although I do not know whether the French teams were their first choice we certainly played very well in parts. It showed that the team hadn't played together before and they can be expected to get better with time.

Evans seemed happy after the game and thought the youngsters had played very well (even thought his luggage had not turned up yet and he was wearing MS monogrammed kit).

The big guns should all be playing against Castres in Millau next week so we should be seeing more of the line up we would expect to start the ZP next month.

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