Quins 5-2 with Win Over Brumbies

Founders Field, Pittsburgh (by Matt Rosemeyer)

The Pittsburgh Harlequins hosted the Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies Saturday for their final home game of the Season.  Baltimore was handed their second loss in as many weeks as the Harlequins won decisively, 36-0.

 

Pre-game field setup included shoveling snow in order to show the field lines.  Kickoff temperatures were still in the low 30’s with additional snow coming down through halftime.

The field crews did their best, but the day was destined to be a muddy affair with the forwards taking a central role in retaining possession and controlling the pace.  The first score of the day was dominated by forwards as Brian Donnelly attacked the defense and off-loaded to Geoff Jordan who outpaced the Baltimore forwards.  Jordan offloaded to a supporting Sione Tapu, who unselfishly drew in the final defense and offloaded to Zach Schell, who centered the touchdown. Conversion by Geoff Jordan.

Very quickly the Quins rolled the ball out wide and wing Mike Shedlosky was able to find the footing to reach the corner for an unconverted try.

Ten minutes of muddy play later, Center Luke Titus found himself with some space against his opposite, threw a dummy pass to a covering wing, and then outpaced the fullback to the line for his first of three tries on the day.  Conversion by Jordan.

The final score of the half was another breakaway from Center Luke Titus, reading the defense well and finding his way for a 30 meter run to touch down between the posts.  The Quins went into the locker room at halftime with a 24-0 lead.

The Brumbies came out in the second half hoping to make something swing their way, but Luke Titus again found space in the first few minutes earning a hat-trick on the day.  For the next 30 minutes the visitors had to settle for defending big runs from Dave Banta, Sione Tapu, Jared Pander, and Tim McCue; and were unable to get much started as the Quins brought in their contingent of reserves.

With time running out, Scrumhalf John Casile kicked a loose ball ahead and beat the defense to the tryline to cap off the scoring between the posts.  Final score 36-0.

The Harlequins load up and travel to Norfolk, VA this Friday to take on the Norfolk Blues.  The Blues registered their first loss Saturday 5-0 when they travelled to the Maryland Exiles.

 

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