Harlequins Down NOVA 50-17

Written by Alex Goff
Editor, Rugby Magazine
Sunday, September16, 2012

PAC, the Maryland Exiles, and the Pittsburgh Harlequins are all 2-0 after the first two weeks of play in the Mid-Atlantic.

Norfolk rebounded from their opening week loss to shut out Raleigh and move to 1-1 and, with two bonus points from their previous week’s loss, they are a close 4th place.

PAC ran in 60 in beating Baltimore-Chesapeake 60-27 and look to be picking up where they left off last week.

Pittsburgh is certainly improved, and looked impressive in beating previously 1-0 NOVA (they were the ones who beat Norfolk) 50-17.

“I was excited to see the many improvements regarding our fitness and conditioning levels,” said Pittsburgh Head Coach Kaili Finau. “Again, today the team proved that their hard work pays off.  I saw unity as they worked together towards our goal – moving up to the next level.”

Finau obviously wants his team to believe in themselves and ask more of themselves. He is also looking to remind the players how it all comes together. He had his players line up in front of the club alumni and the fans and bow, thanking them for their support.

“That was a proud moment,” said Finau, who, as well as crediting the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Association, which runs the overall program, also is enthusiastic about how his players and coaches have responded with new goals. “I am thankful for the dedication and hard work of my experienced coaching staff and our team’s commitment to unity. Today they have optimize their fitness along with executing our game plans.”