Firwood Waterloo concede 7 tries as Harlequins get maximum points from their first two games
By Lyndsey Dorries
Right from the kick off Harlequins showed the skill and power that has them securing maximum points from the first two game, Jess Breach crossing over the line for the opening score just 1 minute into the game. A second score for Breach came 10 minutes later off a Quins scrum, Loo being punished for line out throw not being straight, the first of many mistakes that would cost the visitors dearly.
Captain Ash Neale looked to lead from the front and give Firwood Waterloo some forward momentum with her trademark style of fast and physical runs, punishing opposing defences. Taking cues from their captain Firwood Waterloo gained territory, capitalising on their first visit into the opposition 22. Vanessa Temple found holes in Quins defence, the offload to Bethany Stott letting her in to score in the corner. Stotty scored a penalty later in the first half following a period of stalemate but mistakes crept back into Loo’s game. Small shows of skill from many Loo players all ended in handling errors and loss of possession. The most frustrating came after 10 minutes of possession inside Quins’ 22, a quick tap and go was knocked on just 2 meters out. Harlequins had no such issues, Chloe Edwards scoring from a line out putting them ahead 17-8 at the end of the first half.
Firwood Waterloo’s usual level of pressure was mostly absent in the second half thanks to Harlequins speed and Loo’s mistakes. Unable to secure their own set piece ball was still an issue and again, quins exploited this weakness adding another four tries to the scoreboard over the course of the half. Harlequins were clinical and efficient, Wooden, Riley, Myers and Jess Breach all taking their chances.
There were some positive for Firwood Waterloo to take away, especially the substitutes who made a difference coming off the bench. Georgie Perris-Redding had shown the difference she can make off the bench in the pre-season against the army, when her furious defence had pushed the opposition back. Today Georgie showed her attacking skills, pulling off a wicked step to get in for a try. The visitors never gave up despite the score, pushing closer to Harlequins’ try-line late in the second half. Multiple team penalties gave the referee no choice but to send Riley to the sin bin for the end of the game. Great link up between veterans Ash Neale and Dani Wiseman saw Loo take advantage of the extra player or a late consolation try. 39-18 final score saw Harlequins secure bonus point victory for the second week running.