Seven try Worcester see off Harlequins

Saturday, 28th April 2018 @ 18:30

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Seven tries from Worcester Warriors helped them to a 44-13 victory over Harlequins.

Two tries from Jackson Willison and one a piece from Bryce Heem, Darren Barry, Ben Te'o, Francois Hougaard and Jamie Shillcock helped Worcester to their haul. Dorian Jones added five points from the tee while Shillcock scored two conversions as well as the try of his own.

At the break, there was just 12 points separating the two teams thanks to Charlie Walker's try and eight points from Marcus Smith, but ill-discipline from Quins and a number of errors saw them scoreless in the second half.

Earlier, Harlequins arrived at Sixways Stadium following the defeat away to Gloucester; looking to draw positives in the last two matches of the season.

The first three of 44 points against them on the scoreboard were scored in the second minute when Jamie Roberts was found guilty of not releasing and Jones could send over the easy kick.

That lead would last just eight minutes with Harlequins looking good with ball in hand. A penalty at the scrum, with Quins winning the battle of the front row, saw Marcus Smith send over a three-pointer of his own to level up the scores.

The first try of the match came off two successive Harlequins penalty. Danny Care was found guilty of a high tackle on Bryce Heem before George Merrick took the man out in the air at the subsequent line out from the kick for touch.

Warriors set the rolling maul from the line out, shipped the ball wide and Heem got over.

Harlequins would hit back shortly after, and for a brief period, hold the lead. From the penalty Care decided to go quick and find an oncoming Charlie Walker outside him who darted through and crossed with exceptional speed. Smith sent the conversion over and the scores read 8-10 with 18 minutes on the clock.

Worcester's second came shortly after. After a loose pass went forced Joe Marler to scramble, Warriors set a clever move from the scrum. They opted to go left, back rower Van Velze broke through, offloaded to Willison to go over for his first of the day.

Three points down, Harlequins went down to 14 in Worcester's next attack. Charlie Matthews spilled the ball, allowing Francois Hougaard to chase. Care was alleged to block Hougaard's path and was deemed guilty of foul play; ten minutes in the bin followed.

From the resulting penalty, Warriors again set the rolling maul from the line out and crossed again. This time it was second rower Darren Barry who opted to pick and go from metres out following sustained pressure from the hosts.

As the match ticked over the half hour mark another Smith penalty reduced the gap but the lead would be extended soon after. With a man advantage, Worcester opted this time to go through the backs instead of the forwards and with an extra man on the right Ben Te'o was able to score Worcester's try bonus point.

Into the sheds at the half, Worcester led 25-13.

Early in the second 40, Harlequins looked to get something with a free-flowing backs move but that was ultimately stifled before Worcester added to their increasing tally.

For their fifth try it was Francois Hougaard. The diminutive scrum-half decided to go it alone from the rolling maul to pick and dart through the gap, put on the after burners and score.

Seventeen points down, Harlequins started to string it together better in attack, particularly through Marler and Kyle Sinckler who both looked good with ball in hand all day.

Walker could have had his second on 50 minutes, but following a darting run the ball spilt and Worcester cleared their lines.

Quins continued to knock on the door and got decent territory from a number of kicks from Smith put came away empty-handed with a number of self-inflicted errors.

Just shy of the hour mark and it was goodbye to a legend of the modern game. Donncha O'Callaghan went off to rapturous applause, in his last professional match.

With both sides making a number of changes, naturally the tempo was taken out of the encounter, but Worcester moved out of site on the 67th minute when Shillcock got a try of his own.

Similar to Hougaard he decided to go it alone from the breakdown; throwing a dummy before stepping inside the gap and diving over.

With the scoreboard against them, Harlequins continued to kick for touch from penalties at the scrum but after two successive losses at the line out, the away side knocked on.

The hosts had their tails up in the final moments - especially after Gareth Milasinovich's mazy run - and crossed for the seventh time in the final minute.

Willison grabbed his second tight in the corner, and after a review from the TMO, Craig Maxwell-Keys awarded the score.

Following the loss, Harlequins will wrap up league proceedings next week against Exeter Chiefs at The Stoop.

Team line Ups

Gallagher Premiership

League Table 2017-18

22 17 0 5 618 354 79 42 13 4 85
22 16 0 6 731 350 89 40 10 3 77
22 14 1 7 615 501 79 61 10 3 71
22 14 0 8 455 506 55 60 7 0 63
22 13 0 9 537 472 61 55 5 6 63
22 11 0 11 572 531 63 68 8 4 56
22 11 1 10 490 597 65 73 8 2 56
22 10 0 12 556 531 67 60 9 5 54
22 8 0 14 509 645 64 80 5 6 43
22 7 0 15 479 640 58 78 5 3 36
22 7 0 15 432 601 54 74 5 3 36
22 3 0 19 385 651 42 85 3 7 22