Harlequin juniors - Round 1 2018
23rd Apr 2018
It was a bright sunny autumn morning when Harlequins under 18s opened their 2018 campaign against Melbourne at Orrong Park. A deep kick off by Sam placed Melbourne under pressure and the Harlequins boys were camped in Melbourne’s 22 for the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately our enthusiastic attempts to pilfer the ball weren’t seen favorably by the ref. This meant we missed out on scoring early. We were penalized over and over, with the ref eventually losing patience with us and landed our team a yellow card. Our first score on the board came from Nick Roostan screaming down the wing with a magnificent swan dive over the line. Then Ben Niubalavu scored another great try in the same spot and we were away! Melbourne were worthy opponents and managed to score 10 points back at us although they received a yellow card as a result of a dangerous tackle on Oscar Hillman. Tomas Smith then added another try before half time with an amazing run that took everything he had! At half time we ended with three tries, with Sam kicking two conversions and a penalty.
Under the shade of a big tree, the coaches and our captain Charlie Carter spoke to us about improving discipline, maintaining possession of the ball and going back to the basics of rugby. We were ready for the second half with a few fresh legs, a pack or two of snakes and lots of water. Early on Melbourne lost a player due to a red card. It took us a while, but we slammed over the line scoring four great tries thanks to Paul Taleo, Jerry Kove (twice thank you very much) and Charlie Carter. Special mention to our caption for his ‘run like you stole it’ try after an incredible intercept. We held Melbourne scoreless for the whole second half until the very last moment when they caught us napping. The game ended with us having a convincing win with Harlequins 44 to Melbourne 15. It was a great season opener. Well done boys!
Thanks everyone, William O’Donohue.