Quins travelled to Linlithgow in East League Div-ision 1 on Saturday with a young, inexperienced side due to injuries and unavailability, and battled bravely against the odds.
The weather was fine and the match started off at breakneck speed, with the home side quickly getting into their stride, scoring a try in the corner after some good handling. This was successfully converted.
Linlithgow enjoyed long periods of possession which Quins defended well until the 20th minute, when the hosts scored their second try.
Quins then got some ball which was rewarded by three points from a penalty kicked by scrum-half Adam Hall.
The Linlithgow flankers were regularly drifting offside at scrums and as this was not being detected by the referee. Eventually frustration resulted in the Quins trying to deal with the problem themselves, resulting in a yellow card being given to Xxxxxx Hislop.
Just before half-time, Linlithgow crossed the line for a third time, bringing the score to 19-3 at the break.
The second period started the same as the first, with Quins under pressure from the kick-off, and soon this pressure was rewarded with a converted try.
Quins did move the ball well with the limited possession they had, and on several occasions came close to their opponents’ line, only failing to score due to losing the ball in the final movement.
Another Quins player, Rory Smith, received a yellow card, this time for illegally killing the ball on the ground, and during his time off the pitch, Linlithgow crossed the line on another two occasions.
This did not deter the young Quins side, however, and their heads did not drop. They continued to defend stoutly and although being defeated eventually by 40-3, they gained valuable experience from their encounter.