Quins Kickoff Spring Season in DC

Washington, DC.

A hard, muddy, competitive game played between two good sides on the opening weekend of MAC competition. PAC opened the scoring at the 20th minute with a penalty kick to take a 3-0 lead. Eight minutes later, PAC was able to move the ball down to the Harlequins goal line before punching it in despite a courageous defensive stand by the Visitors. They converted the try to take a 10-0 lead.

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 10.01.19 AMThe Quins had two very good scoring chances near the end of the first half but were unable to convert on either.

In the second half the Quins pressed the attack early, but again were denied at the try line.  The field conditions worsened as the game moved on and both sides had difficulty mounting any sustained attack.

PAC closed the scoring with a converted try at the 80th minute for a 17-0 final.

Territorial possession was about 50/50 throughout the match- Assistant Coach David Plum assessed the game, “It was an evenly played match, a winnable one for the Quins if we could have converted our chances.”
The Quins overwhelmed PAC in the B-side, running in seven tries in a 39-0 rout. It was an excellent display of running, attacking rugby. All 27 players who traveled with the Quins played significant minutes, and all played well and hard.

Team captain Nick Koon commented on the seasons first run out, “Despite the loss in the first game, it was a very good day of rugby and a good start to the season. I am optimistic looking forward.”

Team Spring 2014Men of the matches were given to Simi Vaisova, Jordan Janawitz, Seta Vukica, Frank LeDonne, and Epa Vitivakabuka, all of whom shined in their Harlequin’s debut.

PAC were good hosts as they put on a nice spread for the Harlequins at Solly’s Tavern in DC after the match- a tradition of hosting a visiting team well has been lost on many clubs in today’s game, but PAC showed great class.

(Photos by Nick Koon)