|Enniskillen 2nd XV
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||Belfast Harlequins 3rd XV
On Saturday Enniskillen Seconds entertained a very strong Harlequins Third XV side but fortunately had some new faces to try out and were happy to welcome back Michael Law from his recent rugby absence due to long term injury.
Enniskillen from the start knew they had to take the game to Harlequins, and this is what they did. With the help of some aggressive carrying, and harlequins falling off tackles from early on, it was not long until Eniiskillen had their first try through Cathal McGarry. Enniskillen from the restart again were really starting to impose themselves on the game with backs and forwards interlinking extremely well, leading to another Enniskillen try through Robert Connor.
Enniskillen then took their foot off the gas for a period, unaided by Stevie Frazer going off after a huge collision with the Harlequins No.8, both players requiring a long afternoon in A&E. Harlequins benefitted from this lapse in concentration with two soft penalties before the end of the half.
A lively halftime team talk clearly had the intended effect and the Skins men started the second half just as they started the first. It was evident Enniskillen had focused heavily on streamlining their line out performance during the week and it didn’t disappoint with a near 100% success record on the day, this gave a great platform for mauls to succeed and led to tries from Stevie Welsh, Ricky Lee and Ross Duncan. Stevie Welsh went on to score a hat trick for what was to be a great day of rugby for the tight head prop.
Harlequins were let back into the game briefly to score 2 tries from slack play when Skins were reduced to 14 men due to Stuart Bradshaw going off with a suspected broken arm. The last 10 minutes were strong from the home side, with great sideline support from the First XV who finished their game prematurely, and the final score an impressive 39-15 to Enniskillen.
Captain Alan Ferguson was extremely happy with the performance.
“The pack worked tirelessly throughout the game and I’m extremely proud of the work ethic. It’s great to see the back line starting to click too and i’ve no doubt if we keep up the effort at training we’ll start to cut teams apart”.