Yatton lacking in match practice

PUBLISHED: 10:22 18 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

PLAYING at home and having beaten Yatton twice last season, the psychological advantage was all with the Quins and they were firing on all cylinders from the kick-off in this Western Counties North League game. Sol

Bristol Harlequins 27 pts Yatton 9 ptsPLAYING at home and having beaten Yatton twice last season, the psychological advantage was all with the Quins and they were firing on all cylinders from the kick-off in this Western Counties North League game. Solid line-out play and a full-back break gave Chris Page the chance to finish off for his first try after five minutes and Sam Osborne's penalty at the end of the first quarter retrieved some points for Yatton only to see another missed tackles breakthrough finished by Ross Hickory for the home side For the remainder of the second quarter Osborne's kicking kept Yatton in contention with two more penalties from Harlequins persistent infringements of offside. With the hot summer sun on Harlequins backs and determined to quickly stretch the margin, Yatton's defence was again severely tested. It held strong, but the ball squirted from the side of a five-metre defensive scrum for Hickory to score his second try. Yatton's moves seemed to lack match practice as a unit and their bad day was highlighted when they seemed to squander a certain three points in front of the posts which would have narrowed the margin to within a converted penalty. For the remaining 10 minutes Yatton's desperate bag of unorthodox tricks came to nothing against a home side whose tails were well up. Consequently Harlequins finished the stronger with Matt Bright's mauling try and finally Page's second of the afternoon was converted by Craig Dix minutes before the whistle.

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