The Quins lived up to their pre-match favourites tag by winning the East League Division 1 derby against local rivals the Linden.
However, the Royal Blues gave their all and pushed the home team hard. It wasn’t the easiest game on the eye with heavy underfoot conditions being partly responsible for a number of unforced errors.
The threat of the Quins backs was quickly evidenced as good hands and hard running, aided somewhat by poor Linden tackling, ended with Adam Hall crossing for the opening try on six minutes. The visitors’ cause wasn’t helped as centre Will Barker retired injured after 17 minutes resulting in a reshuffle as Euan Hair moved to the midfield and Liam Sharkey came on in the back row.
As the game approached the half hour mark, a pick and drive to the line saw Finlay Robb plunge over for the Quins and Adam Hall’s conversion took the score to 12-0.
Quins scored again soon after and a good line out catch and drive allowed the ball to be spread out wide and Sam Bandeen sped over to touch down. Following Linden hands in a ruck, Hall slotted a penalty goal with the last kick of the first period to put his team 20-0 ahead at the break.
The second half wasn’t much to shout about. Both teams huffed and puffed but no-one could break through each other’s defence and not another point was scored. Graeme Anderson had one dazzling run into ‘Quins territory but, when the ball was moved wide, the Royal Blues were squeezed out at the corner.