Quins Travel Strong to Norfolk, Looking to Rally for Raleigh

This past Saturday…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Quins travelled to Norfolk, Va to open league play. This season, the Harlequins will be playing 14 league games with the addition of the back to back DII National Champions Rocky Gorge RFC to the Capital Geographic Rugby Conference.

The team travelled well, leaving no doubt behind that we would be victorious on our return to the burgh. With the addition of new recruits, vets returning, and one of our own, Head Coach Eric Jerpe, leading the way, the Harlequins were poised to make a statement in the conference.

The Quins attacked early, opening the scoring with a converted try in the 7th minute within the Blues 22 meter line with Rookie Prop, Jake Smith. Jake a crossover athlete, who played football at St. Francis University, has only been playing rugby for less than 3 years. Jake joined the Quins after a short stint in Boston, playing for the Boston Rugby Club. Play continued mostly in the midfield for the next 20 minutes with the Blues applying pressure to the Quins but our defense held strong gaining turnover ball and the Blues committing several infractions at the breakdown.

The second score for the Quins, came from Veteran Ted Sheedy in the 27th minute of the 2nd quarter. A turnover, quick movement through the backline, gave Ted the opportunity to run 45 meters in to the Blues try zone untouched. Rookie Fullback, Simione Taufa was successful with his second conversion on the day.

Exiles Pit 2The first half ended with the Blues gaining ground in the Quins half, and touching down in the corner in the 33rd minute. The conversion was unsuccessful. The following kickoff saw the Blues gaining a turnover ball at the breakdown. They continued their attack deep in the Quins 22 meter line. The Blues ran several phases, the Quins held off the attack until the referee gave the Blues a penalty try in the 39th minute for an early unbinding from blindside flanker, Geoff Jordan.

At the half, the Quins led 14-12.

The second half got right underway with the Blues kicking off deep in the Quins zone. A double turnover occurred and veteran wing, Zack Schell, scooped the ball up and ran 95 meters into the try zone in the 42nd minute. The Blues earned a penalty in the 46th minute which they capitalized on with a penalty goal.

The Quins fought right back, tearing up the midfield with the pair of veteran Luke Titus, and Rookie Inois Kau. The combo of Kau and Titus were very precise with their attack. Inois capitalized with an uncoverted try in the 49th minute. 6 minutes later, the referee sent Kau off for a breakdown infraction. The Blues were able to take advantage of being a man up and scored a converted try in the 55th minute. 4 minutes later, the referee sent fullback Simione Taufa off for the day with a red card.

The Blues capitalized again with 1 converted try and 1 unconverted try in the next 20 minutes.

The Harlequins never backed down with continued pressure of the Blues midfield and broke through in the 74th minute when a team try saw Kau touching down for his second of the day.

Final Score: Quins 29 Blues 34

Preview for the weekend…Friendly Islander, a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Harlequins

The Harlequins will host the Baltimore Chesapeake Brumbies this coming Saturday September 26th. Kick off begins at 1pm at Founder’s Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Baltimore is coming off a successful summer and previous fall/spring campaign.

The Harlequins are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a buffet lunch and beverages for our guests and family at noon, prior to kickoff. Please plan on staying afterwards for a pig roast hosted by Friendly Islander’s Landscaping.