There are glorious rugby days with the warm autumn sun on your back, when the world seems a wonderful place, Saturday afternoon at the Stoop was such a day.
Harlequins Women started their 2019/20 Tyrrells Premier season with a side full of players and combinations being tried and tested for the first time.
From minute one Quins played with a dynamism backed up by immense physicality and accuracy that sometimes took your breath away, their power and pace blew away a Richmond side that battled bravely and never gave up, but I don’t think any team could have lived with Harlequins on Saturday’s form.
A true United Nations outfit with Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Sweden and Italy represented, scored fifteen tries to pass the century mark as records tumbled at the Stoop.
Irish eyes were smiling when Anna Caplice went over for a try on her debut within the first three minutes, and when Green converted a try by Brown after seven minutes we knew we were in for a colourful occasion.
Quins earned their four try bonus point after only fourteen minutes, nine tries in the first half gave them a 61-0 lead at the interval.
The second half showed no let up as ruthless Quins continued their assault on the scoreboard, six second half tries gave the home side an 101-0 victory.
Ellie Green had the eyes of sharpshooter converting thirteen of the fifteen tries including one of her own in the 20th minute, her matchday total accumulating 31 points.
The season has a long way to run but Harlequins Women have set down a marker that sent shockwaves through social media on Saturday evening, bearing in mind internationals Burford, Riley, McCormack, Petersson and Cornborough will also become available in the near future, the completion for places will ensure that standards are not only maintained but improved.
Its going to be one heck of a ride.
QUINS CENTURY OF SCORING
Timeline Of Tries
3 Mins. Anna Caplice
7m. Shaunagh Brown
10m. Lucy Packer
14m. Jess Breach
20m. Ellie Green
25m. Leah Lyons
32m. Chloe Rollie
38m. Emily Scott
40m. Khadi Camara
41m. Shaunagh Brown
52m. Jade Konkel
63m. Abbie Scott
70m. Amy Cockayne
75m. Emma Swords
80m. Chloe Rollie