Quins Win on the Road

CEECEEThe Pittsburgh Harlequins travelled to the nations Capital looking for a much needed win on the road.  The team as a whole stepped up to the effort, leaving Northern Virginia Rugby Club winless in their first four games this season (similar, unfortunately,  to a nameless Pittsburgh team that played in a rugby stadium this weekend).  Paul Holmes stepped in on short notice in the middle of the front row due to a last minute schedule conflict.  Paul stepped into the position and held his own for a full 80 minutes.
DSC_0202The Quins came out hard and relied on the mobility of their pack and the ability of the backs to play clever offense as well as tough defense.  At halftime the Quins looked at a 20-3 lead, and felt good about having the game in the bag.
The second half was another look altogether- with the Quins having taken their foot of the gas, the Home team capitalized and closed the gap to within one score.  CeeCee, a recent California University of PA grad, showed his size and speed in the backline as a big portion of the defense and offense in the second half.  The Quins made one final trip into the tryzone before the whistle, and with the conversion the Quins picked up the win, 27-25 over NOVA.
DSC_0074The Quins are home this week against the Potomac Athletic Club, Saturday at Founders Field, 1:00pm Kickoff  PAC comes off a close win against Baltimore-Chesapeake, leaving both PAC and BC at 2-2 and tied in the Mid Atlantic standings.
Elsewhere, The Maryland Exiles took down Schuylkill River 37-21 to remain undefeated at 3-0.  Schuylkill remains in first place at 3-1 due to an extra game, but the Exiles look like the team to beat in the Mid Atlantic.
Further South The Norfolk Blues easill took down the visiting Raleigh Vipers,  32-5.