Quins prevail in second-half scoring spree to keep title hopes alive

RBS east league division 2

Trinity Accies22

Hawick Harlequins43

THE Quins travelled to Edinburgh to take on Trinity Accies when nothing other than a win would ensure their title hopes remained a reality, and in the end they achieved this comfortably.

The visitors started off in lively manner and after nine minutes took the lead when Scott Peffers converted a penalty. This seemed to spark Accies into action however and they started to exert pressure on the Quins defence.

The Quins did encourage this to a degree, with several of their long kicks downfield being capitalised on by Accies’ strong-running backline which resulted in Trinity scoring a try after 26 minutes which they failed to convert.

Quins were next on the score sheet when Dale Johnston received an inside pass to run in under the posts for a converted try. The Quins now came under a substantial period of Accies pressure with four scrums on their own five-metre line. This ended with an unsuccessful drop-kick attempt, and Quins retained a 5-10 lead.

The second half saw the Hawick side fielding three replacements, Liam Lawrence for Neil Douglas, Adam Fahim for Martin Pringle and Darren Fisher for Craig Richardson. After only five minutes of the second period Gavin Douglas dummied the opposition full back to score a well-taken try which was converted by Peffers. This was however cancelled out only three minutes later when the home side scored a converted try of their own. Soon after young hooker Fisher was yellow-carded for overzealous rucking.

The Quins seemed to raise their game at this point and after good handling winger Lawrence squeezed in at the corner. The home side contested the try rather excessively, resulting in two yellow cards being given. Once again Trinity responded with a penalty, bringing the Quins lead down to only seven points. With the numerical advantage, Quins started to bring their backs more into the game and Graham Lothian burst through, winning the race to the line for a try which was converted.

Next to score was scrum-half Neil Anderson, which was a family affair, having received the ball from an inside flick from his older brother Ross. Again this was converted.

The Quins were now building up a healthy lead at 15-36 and added to this when captain Ross Anderson ran in between the posts for yet another converted try.

The final word went to Accies however, with a converted try bringing the final tally to 22-43 in the Quins’ favour.

This hard-fought win brought Quins a very valuable winning bonus point and took Scott Peffers’ points tally to more than 200.

Accies were a very physical side but were well matched upfront with the Hawick pack putting in some big tackles and defending as though their lives depended on it.

Gavin Douglas dictated things in the back division with Graham Lothian and Ross Anderson running strongly at centre and scrum-half Neil Anderson proving to be real handful for the opposition to deal with.