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26 Apr 2002: Wasps v Harlequins

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Match Report
Quins's Badge Wasps 16
Wasps's Badge Wasps 6
Fixture Type: Zurich Premiership Venue: Loftus Road
Match Date: Fri 26 Apr 2002, Kick Off: 19:35
Referee: Steve Lander

Queens in trouble now!!

The build up to this game at the training camp had been massive, every detail of Harlequins was covered and the lads were in the mood for the first Friday night fixture at Loftus Rd. Unfortunately what I expected, a complete thrashing, did not materialise.

Harlequins took the lead in the 9th minute with a well-taken penalty by David Slemen, that fortunately was the highlight of his game as he went on to miss four penalties and three drop goals. If Paul Burke was playing the result could have been very different, as this display highlights the importance of a world-class goal kicker.

Up stepped Logan in the 17th minute with a 45m penalty in to the wind which he executed with fine style to level the scores 3-3.

Harlequins to their credit pressed hard and spoiled most of our set piece moves from lineout and scrum. Trevor, one of my players of the season, had an awful day with his throwing but credit goes to the opposition as the pressurized him all evening. Things were not made easy for Trevor, as lineouts were being called to the tail, in an obvious wind.

After 29 minutes 'The King' landed a drop goal after some great continuity from both forwards and backs to take the half time score to 6-3.

The Queens started strongly after the break with the lads soaking up continuous pressure on their own line. What followed is bound to appear on 'What happened next' for the Question of Sport as Greenwood kicked the ball cross field to Antony Diprose for a certain score. Gollings also went for the ball and the result was that the ball was knocked on by both of them-shame!
We nearly scored ourselves after 59 minutes with some fine handling and forward power but what I can only presume was that Steve Lander gave a penalty for a double movement?

Slemen levelled the scores after 68minutes with a mandatory penalty but 'The King' slotted another drop goal after 78 minutes to take the score to 9-6. Quins then threw everything at the game but the pressure got to Will Greenwood who gave Shane Rosier an interception pass to end their hopes. King converted to give London Wasps a victory, the final score was 16-6.

Nb T-shirts are in the post for those individuals who spotted the deliberate mistake in the match report last week. Well Done!

Peter Scrivener