The day did not start well when traffic meant that most of the squad arrived at Slough around 14:40 for a 15:00 kick-off. After a quick warm-up and some line-out practice, Shire took to the field quietly confident. However it was not to be.
Harlequins took an early lead with a couple of break-away tries finding their way though a Shire Hall back line that hadn’t played together before. Despite this early setback Shire fought back with a determined period of sustained pressure, camping in the opposition half.