Harlequins versus Power House (16th July, 2016)

19th Jul 2016

Martin Fuggle

Match Date:
16th Jul 2016
Seniors1st XV

Harlequins thumped fourth-placed Power House 67-12 in a convincing VRU Dewar Shield display at Ashwood on Saturday.

Power House showed plenty of pluck but was no match for a Quins outfit boasting a Wallaby, two Melbourne Rebels players, two Australian under-20 representatives and a former Australian Schoolboy.

Quins opened the scoring after seven minutes when a tighthead scrum win led to a probing run down the left side. An inside pass to Rian Oliver saw the full back stroll over the try line.

Soon after, sustained pressure from Power House enabled No.8 Harley Fox to bustle over and equalise.

But with its scrum and lineout on top, Quins bounced back with beautifully executed phase play providing space for powerful right wing Leo Owade to dot down by the corner flag.

Oliver’s successful conversion attempt gave Quins a 12-7 lead at the 20-minute mark. Midfield general Lloyd Johannson’s deft passing put Eli Vole and Olivia Sialau into holes and it was only desperate defence from a committed Power House backline that held Quins at bay.

However, lovely ensemble play orchestrated by outstanding half back Lucky Palamo put Sialau into space and over the try line after half an hour.

Power House’s early commitment was starting to fade in the face of Quins’ unrelenting attack and Australian under-20 winger Ahmu Tuimalealiifano took the ball from a centrefield scrum and ran 50m to score beneath the posts.

Power House was staring down the barrel of a 24-5 half-time deficit and, for all its defensive resilience, looked ill-equipped to withstand the onslaught.

A fine lineout move, featuring Murray Douglas and captain Gus Hamilton, gave Quins front foot ball 35m from the Power House line. Johannson swung the attack to the left and his beautiful left-handed flick released Tuimalealiifano to notch his second try.

The floodgates, which had threatened to open earlier in the match, finally burst when Johannson scored the Quins’ sixth try at the 18minute mark.

Replacement fullback Taylor Acheson then scored from the restart to extend Quins’ lead to 38 points.

To Power House’s credit, grinding forward play brought about its second try, but tries in swift succession to Simei Kolio and Robert Valentini quelled this flickering renaissance.

With the game nearing injury time, Quins moved the ball from their own line to score a coast-to-coast try via Murray Douglas.

Two minutes later, Tuimalealiifano claimed his hat trick in the final play of the game to compound the Power House frustration.

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