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Harlequins too good on Jack McDavitt Day

By Fraser Stewart

The Rams went down 36-17, but put on a brave performance

The Moorabbin Rams have gone down fighting against Harlequins on Jack McDavitt Day at Harold Caterson Reserve on Saturday afternoon in perfect conditions for rugby.

The Moorabbin Rams were looking to make it two wins in a row after defeating Box Hill last week, but just couldn’t quite capitalise and went down 36-17.

Heine McFarland won the Jack McDavitt medal in the 19 point loss, which is awarded to the best Rams player of the day.

Harlequins didn’t take long to seize their opportunities when they were handed to them, as they pounced on an overthrown line out in the early stages of the first half as Taylor Acheson scored the first try.

The Rams then held possession often passing the ball quickly and out wide as they looked to find an opening deep in their attacking 22, but the Harlequins defence held firm.

The Rams defence was under pressure again but this time they were desperate not to give in and they soon got reward winning a scrum and clearing any attacking threat from Harlequins.

The visitors came charging in moments later, and this time they doubled their lead when they capitalised on a loose ball from a scrum as Matia Vibote crossed midway through the first half.

The Rams finally got their reward and made it a seven point ball game when Sammy Ikihega willed himself over the line.

Harlequins flexed their muscles a few minutes before the main break, when they added another seven points thanks to a Trevor Hosea try.

For the final minutes of the half, the Rams were forced to defend on their line as they absorbed the pressure well and cleared any danger ensuring some much needed by breathing space by the home side breathing space.

A blistering run by scrum half Hunter Ioane, meant the Rams went from defence to attack in no time as Heine McFarland scored to make it a seven point ball game at the main break.

The second half didn’t prove as frantic as the first half with both sides tightening up their defence, as much of the play was in the middle of the ground

The Rams in particular were winning penalties for most of the half, due to their tight defensive lines as Harlequins struggled to find an avenue to their try line.

The visitors however, found a way midway through the half, as they scored two tries in a couple of minutes through Charles Paese and Kelo Vaele.

Leo Owade inflicted further salt into the wounds as he crossed to score the visitors sixth try.

Despite Quins scoring three tries it didn’t stop the Rams, as they got a try just before the full time whistle when Isi Baleitavuki made the scores 36-17.

Updated 02:43 - 7 Jul 2019 by Fraser Stewart

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