Mighty Bees away To Oxford Harlequins
Beaconsfield humble the Harlequins
Beaconsfield Bees knew they had a tough match against Oxford Harlequin III away when they arrived to discover Quins did not have a 2nd team fixture that day!
And so it proved. In spite of Bees fielding one of the strongest most experienced packs in years Quins were immediately on top in the forward set pieces. From a line out on half way quins forwards broke half the length of the field to open the scoring 5-0
Beaconsfields old heads gradually broke the gain line bit by bit and drew a penalty out of Quins that was converted by James McLaughin.
Bs now started to find their way in the game and it was against the run of play when a line out steal was overturned in the loose by Quins and their mighty No 8 again broke free for his second try of the match. This fellow was a match winner and needed to be stopped.
Role back the years as Nick Stroud collected a high ball, chipped and chased majestically (actually cant even remember any time in the past where this worked for Stroudy) and in came the forwards to roll and maul to the line where Norm Tyreman finished off the try and how he deserved it after his tackling early on. McL converted. 10-10 at half time.
Beaconsfield were in dominant form in the second half as Rob Coole and the backs started to cut through time and again. a snipe by James Mc put winger Ryan Morgan in for a try in the corner.
Once again the Bees backs broke the line from their own half, finished again by Morgan with a subtle chip and chase 20-10
Beaconsfield were cutting loose when a switch move between scrum half and replacement wing Aiden Harmen put the later through untouched to score the bonus point try.
Sadly James Mc’s great performance was cut short at this point when a late tackle resulted in a shoulder break.
The match was moved to another pitch to allow treatment and petered out for the last 20 mins. Several debutants got a run out in the closing stages and in the final play of the game Quins wing counter attacked from deep to score and finish the game off 15-25
A solid start to the league season for the Bees sees them second in the table. A rest this week is followed by the Drifters derby next to look forward to.