Barrier-free baggy kit as Harlequin women rout the wasps at Twickenham
Harlequins Women 29 Wasps Women 5
The very first Premier 15s game to be staged at Twickenham was eclipsed after the Harlequins stepped onto the pitch in an oversized kit for the club’s âBig Gameâ double-header.
The women wore loose shirts for the big occasion at the home of English rugby which was broadcast live on BT Sport, with many players choosing to roll up their sleeves.
The Harlequins later confirmed that the official day jersey for the 13th edition of their annual event was made in “one kit, for men’s and women’s teams” by Adidas. The kit drew a lot of criticism on social media, but the Harlequins have promised to get a bespoke women’s kit next season.
Gerard Mullen, Harlequins head coach, said: âIt’s pretty important that we try to get the kit with the girls. It’s like that. I don’t think it’s a men’s kit. I am interested in the five points and the performance.
Harlequins captain Rachael Burford said: âThe club is amazing to put us in this position to play at Twickenham – very few can play here – it’s such a privilege and such an honor. [and] I didn’t care what I wore as long as it had a Quins badge on it.
The ill-fitting kit did little to distract the defending league champions as they performed a clinical performance in front of a record crowd for a Premier 15s game, which would have been 9,128.
Jess Breach capped his comeback from a back injury with a try, while Ellie Kildunne and Heather Cowell also crossed paths in a display that highlighted why the Harlequins will be pitching 2022 with arguably the fiercest backline in the league. . Jade Konkel continued her fine form by securing her side a vital bonus point moments later as the Wasps, who failed to turn pressure into points, withered.
With the game also benefitting from a televised match official, Wasps hooker Cliodhna Maloney was sent off late for a tackle on Kildunne, although earlier referee Nikki O’Donnell ruled that Lagi Tuima’s tackle on Carys Williams was legal. Both incidents caused long stops, but will only strengthen the argument for introducing TMO to the league.
After exposing the Wasps’ weakness in the melee, the Harlequins took advantage of Maloney’s absence to death when they stole a roster into the danger zone, allowing Fi Fletcher to crash as they were ahead of the Saracens in second place in the standings.
Scoring sequence: Breach Test 5-0, Tuima Try 7-0, Boatman Try 7-5, Kildunne Try 12-5, Cowell Try 17-5, Try 19-5 Tuima, Try 24-5 Konkel, Try from 29-5 Fletcher.
Harlequins: Kildunne (Mayhew 71), Cowell (Auchen 59), Tuima, Burford, Breach, Scott, Packer (Swords 41); Cornborough (Cooper 71), Cokayne (Catlin 63), Brown (Duffy 73), Galligan (Sheffield 73), Fletcher, Konkel, Beckett.
wasps: Mason (Wiliams 71) Boatman, Rowland, Burton, Williams, Jones, Nye (Wong 63); Kerr, Maloney, Muir, Cooney, Monaghan, Crake (Balogun 46), Molloy, Millar-Mills.
Arbitrator: Nikki O’Donnell.