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Harlequins Amateurs
Uxbridge 1st RFC
Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - League Full time

Uxbridge leave it late again to win at Harlequins Amateurs

Uxbridge claim victory with last play of the game on the road against Harlequins Amateurs

Uxbridge travelled away to Twickenham to face Harlequins Amateurs looking to avenge for the 39-10 defeat suffered in October and build on the last ditch win last time out against Old Millhillians.

Harlequins started the better of the two teams, putting the Uxbridge line under pressure being denied an early try due to double movement. Harlequins opened the scoring, working the ball from one side of the pitch to the other for the winger to run in from 30 yards. This spurred the visitors into action and strong carries from Tom Rainey, Adam Webster and Sam Dillamore made big dents in the Harlequins defence.

Fly-half Nick Guy who was a constant nuisance to Quins all afternoon with his hard running and pin point passing, glided his way through the defence for Uxbridge’s first try before adding the conversion.

Uxbridge continued applying the pressure and after several close attempts from the forwards, Dillamore crashed his way over. Sadly, the conversion was missed.

As the game reached the 25 minute mark, Uxbridge came off the boil and allowed Harlequins the time and space to put together some good phases of play allowing them to take a half time lead of 14-12.

Coach Ron Matthews worked his oratory magic and sent the visitors out into the second half looking to regain the momentum they had in the first.

Harlequins seemed to have had similar ideas and severely tested the Uxbridge line for the first 15 minutes. The defence held firm until a subtle kick over the Uxbridge defence into the end zone was dotted down by the Quins winger to take the lead 21-12.

Further tries from Harlequins via a pushover scrum and Uxbridge through Tom Rainey and Sam Dillamore took the game into the final five minutes with Uxbridge four points behind, but in the ascendancy.

As injuries and fatigue took their toll on both sides, play became scrappy but good defence from Uxbridge and poor discipline from Quins gave Guy the chance to kick the ball into the corner and set a platform.

The resulting lineout was secured by skipper Jake Lamport and the drive was on. Scrum-half Ollie Seward fed Guy and with winger Dan Evans held up agonisingly short, the ball was recycled twice for second row Adam Webster to crash his way over and snatch the win.

The conversion was missed and the referee blew the final whistle for Uxbridge to claim another dramatic win. Final score: Harlequins Amateurs 28- Uxbridge 29

Next week (Saturday 20 January) the Second XV take on Hackney 4th XV (Away- kick off 14:15). The First XV are back in action on Saturday 27 January at home to Cuffley (Kick-off 14:15)

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