Harlequins Fall Short in Philadelphia

After several venue changes due to unplayable field conditions, The Harlequins kicked off against the Schuylkill River Exiles rugby club Saturday in Philadelphia.

The home team took the early lead with a converted try almost at the starting whistle. Neither team would be able to find much rhythm in the first half as both teams were consistently penalized over and over.

The Harlequins were able to capitalize on these penalties with Pat Russell converting 2 kicks, and missing a third, closing the gap and trailing at halftime 6-7.

The second half started much like the first, with the referee stopping the game for infraction after infraction from both sides. The Harlequins struggled during restarts, including lineouts, throughout the day- unable to find a rhythm in the stop and start game.

Ten minutes into the half the Harlequins were awarded a penalty scrum inside the Exiles 22-meter line. Zack Schell collected the ball and broke two tackles as he ran through the Exiles defense to score the final Harlequin points of the day.

The exiles scored the last set of points with a converted try after multiple phases of play trying to find a weak point in the Harlequin defense. The try and conversion put the Exiles in tight lead at 14-13, but with 20 minutes left to go the Harlequins could not find a way to tip the balance in their favor.