Saturday, 5th December 2015 @ 18:00
Harlequins bounced back from the one point loss to Exeter to record a five-tries to one win over local rivals London Irish.
The match started slowly as a Nick Evans penalty accounted for the only points over the first half hour, before Tim Visser’s try gave the home side a 10-0 lead at the break.
In the second half the match burst to life as Quins ran in four more tries in front of a sell out crowd, securing the try bonus point for the fourth consecutive week. London Irish scored in the final minute but it was only a consolation as Quins ran out 38-7 victors.
After a disappointing loss last weekend Harlequins looked to bounce back at The Stoop, a ground where they have been perfect since a one point loss to Bath Rugby back in May.
Nick Evans gave the hosts a 3-0 lead after six minutes following a penalty as Irish failed to release the player. Both teams would have limited opportunities over the next 20 minutes, a Ross Chisholm break down the right wing the only clear cut opportunity, but the replacement winger was bundled into touch while scoring.
The Harlequins team remained positive and confident as the forwards laid a solid platform for the backline to work. In the 32nd minute they drove themselves down field once again before an Evans inside ball found Visser bursting at speed as he powered over from ten metres out. Evans added the extras to give Harlequins a 10-0 lead.
They pushed for a second as the clock wound down in the half, twice turning down shots at goal to set up their rolling maul, but they were denied by time as Referee Luke Pearce blew the whistle on the half.
So often this season Harlequins have lifted their game in the second half and today was no different. In the 47th minute they were rewarded after a long range effort led to Danny Care scoring. The captain, fresh off his contract extension, gave Quins a 17-0 lead.
It was the summer signing Visser however they had The Stoop faithful on their feet as he would soon score his fifth and sixth tries for the Club in only his sixth match. November’s DHL Supporters’ Player of the Month going from strength to strength as he set the match alight.
In a 12 minute span the Dutchman crossed the line three times with only the middle try being denied by the TMO as his foot narrowly drifted into touch.
Evans added the extras for both scores and the lead had suddenly shot out to 31-0 as Harlequins once again secured a try bonus point.
With fives minutes to play there was more. Harlequins kicked a penalty into touch, as they had done all game it seemed, and the rock solid lineout set up the maul. The textbook maul proved effective as replacement back row Jack Clifford dived over to score. This time Ben Botica kicked the conversion to take them out to a 38-0 lead.
A late Halani Aulika try was nothing more than a consolation as Harlequins won 38-7 to the delight of the 14,800 in attendance. The squad will be brimming with confidence as they head back to Europe with home and away matches against Calivsano next.
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