Queens 30-14 Deepings
Unbeaten at home, good end to the season!
Queens overcame Deepings with a 30-14 victory to end the season on a high.
With promotion in the bag and with a make shift squad following pretty much a whole XV of players who were unavailable or injured, this was a potential banana skin for Queens. Yet, following the dismal performance in the away leg, Queens were keen to make amends.
However, it was the visitors who would come out of the opening exchanges with more on the scoreboard. Chris Bell, sponsored by Core Performance Crossfit, slotted the first penalty following substantial pressure but the home side failed to deal with the subsequent kick off. This virtually gifted Deepings with a score from their first foray into their half. A handling error saw Deepings given a scrum 5M out which their 8 picked to touch down.
Queens responded with another Bell penalty to narrow the gap and then their superb offloading play began to come together. Firstly after a superb break from Chris Faalau, Queens were unlucky not to score following the subsequent offloads as they were held up. Then they were able to score their first try through Rory Dunn following some great offloading from player/coach Ashley Tapper.
The second half would prove to be where Queens managed to secure the game following 2 early scores from Stacy Yates and Neil Mills. John Filsell would then wrap things up with Queens bonus point score following a powerful run.
Overall a good performance from Queens. Deepings were there nearest challengers for second spot and offered a niggly physical threat which the home side countered well.
A number of individuals shone. Chris Bell having his best game in a Queens shirt both from the boot and ball in hand. John Filsell looked back to his best with a few trademark carries. Alistair Wilkinson also excelled under the high ball and also as an attacking threat.
However MOTM was joint between Chris Faalau and Tom Clarke, Faalau probably not receiving the award as he's won too many this year! The young openside was superb ball in hand beating 3,4,5 guys every time he got the ball with his elusive and deceptively powerful running style. Clarke did one outrageous dummy and kicked the ball commendedly, which was a second row is an impressive feat.
Great end to the season, here's to next year!