Quins 20-0 UL Bohemians
by Web Master
BELFAST Harlequins overcame the appalling conditions at Deramore to impressively rack up their third consecutive AIL win in what was a clinical display of dominance pretty much from start to finish.
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BY MARTIN SAVAGE
They scored three tries – from Mark Best, Rory Scholes and Daniel Dass – and, though there was a certain amount of disappointment at not bagging another touchdown which would have brought a bonus point win, what they achieved in securing their four points augurs well for their continuing campaign though Adam Larkin’s side remain in fifth spot.
The Quins pack – with the impressive Ricky Lutton and Neil McComb leading the charge – annihilated Bohs’ set-piece while the home side’s defensive effort rarely released its stranglehold with skipper Neil Simpson, Tom Fraser, Danny Annett and Dass also having huge games.
Scholes was also a constant danger with ball in hand while Ireland U20 squad member Frank Taggart also made a mighty impact after coming on in the second half.
Coach Adam Larkin’s side set the tone from early on when centre Best charged down a Bohs’ clearance kick to score in the sixth minute. Liam Cambridge missed the almost impossible conversion but Quins were in control.
The score of the game arrived after 19 minutes when a long kick from Bohs saw Cambridge launch Scholes on his way from Quins’ half. The full-back linked with his pack who carried the ball strongly into Bohs’ 22 and Dass provided the assist as Scholes got on the end of the number eight’s pass to cross the line in the left corner.
Cambridge nailed an superb conversion and Quins were 12-0 up which is how the first half finished despite the home side losing Kenny McComb to the bin and Bohs’ missing an injury time penalty.
Quins had a stranglehold in the second half – which saw Taggart enter the fray – and an early Cambridge penalty put them 15-0 up before Dass scored after the home side had, not for the first time, shunted Bohs off their own scrum ball.
Cambridge missed the touchline conversion put the home side couldn’t get over again despite a hugely impressive drive to the line and then later a Scholes kick and chase coming close.
But Quins, who then lost Lutton to the bin in the final minute, had to make do with the regulation win.
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