Oct 29, 2017
Saracens Storm fall to Quins A defeat
Saracens Storm fell to a 40-26 defeat away to Harlequins A on Sunday afternoon.
Harlequins ran-in five tries to Saracens four, but it was the goal-kicking of outside half Tim Swiel that proved the difference, with Quins playmaker kicking 15-points.
The Storm have been in free-scoring form in this season’s A League, accumulating 129 points in two games against Bath United and Gloucester A and they were off to another blistering start when Joel Conlon powered over for a try after just three minutes of play.
Conlon finished well after Rotimi Segun, playing at outside centre, found the outside gap to but Saracens on the front foot. The ball found its way to Conlon who shrugged off two Quins tackles to race in from 20m. Malins failed to convert from out-wide.
Harlequins A were proving to be much stronger opposition than the Storm’s opening rounds of the competition, and with former Natal Sharks outside half Tim Swiel pulling the strings they were a constant threat.
Swiel landed a penalty goal for Quins, but Sarries soon responded when flyer Ali Crossdale crossed for his side’s second score of the game. Crossdale showed great pace and awareness to finish but the try belonged to Max Malins who’s grubber in behind the Quins defence was expertly executed. Malins couldn’t add the extras from out-wide.
Saracens couldn’t build on their promising start as Quins, marshalled by Swiel, grew into the contest, Swiel crossed for a try of his own, before hooker George Head raced away to score on the 25th minute mark. Swiel landed two first-half penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking over, with Malins responding with two of his own either side of half-time.
Sarries though couldn’t build enough pressure to edge in front on the scoreboard, or in the contest as a whole. Quins continued to build pressure, with the elusive running of wings Calum Waters and Ross Chisholm constantly causing Saracens problems. Sarries indiscipline though was the root of their downfall, with the penalty count rising Quins didn’t decline the invitation to hammer home their superiority. Two tries from giant lock Josh Ibuanokpe and from centre Harry Sloan set the ‘hosts’ on their way, despite Mike Ellery’s 49th minute try.
Danny Cutmore’s yellow card added to the Storm’s woes, despite another try from Ellery the game was over as Harlequins saw out the game for a deserved win.
Saracens Storm: 15 Matt Gallagher; 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Rotimi Segun, 12 Marcelo Bosch, 11 Ali Crossdale; 10 Max Malins, 9 Tom Whiteley; 1 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 2 Scott Spurling, 3 Kieran Longbottom; 4 Danny Cutmore, 5 Jack Nay; 6 Anthony Maka, 7 Joel Conlon, 8 Sione Vailanu.
Replacements (all used): 16 Tadgh McElroy, 17 Fakasi Pifileti, 18 Billy Walker, 19 Andrew Christie, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Al Gliksten, 22 Rueben Bird-Tulloch, 23 Ade Lipede
Tries: Joel Conlon (3’), Ali Crossdale (15’), Mike Ellery (49’ & 70’)
Molesey Road, Esher RFC