London Irish too good for Harlequins

London Irish downed Harlequins in the EDF Energy Cup by 17 points to 32 in a match where the Harlequins were outscored by four tries to two.


Harlequins opened the scoring with two early tries from lock George Robson and left wing Charlie Amesbury for a 12-0 advantage after 13 minutes.


The Exiles finally hit back with a five-pointer from Richard Thorpe three minutes before the break as Quins went in for half-time 12-5 up.


The hosts added their third try courtesy of flanker Neil Mcmillan to extend their lead to 17-5.


But Irish had other ideas are fired back two tries from Aussie fullback Peter Hewat and winger Adam Thompstone to level scores at 17-17.


James Bailey thundered over for the Exiles bonus point to for an unexpected 25-17 lead after it had looked like Quins may run away with it.


Hewat claimed his try brace late on as Irish ran out 32-17 winners.


Final Score Harlequins (12) 17 London Irish (5) 32


Harlequins
Tries: Amesbury, Robson
Con: Jewell


London Irish
Tries: Thorpe, Thompstone, Hewat 2
Con: Hewat, Hickey
Pen: Geraghty

 

Teams


Harlequins: T Williams; Stegmann, Masson, Taione, Amesbury; Luveniyali, G Williams; Croall, Brooker, Lambert, Percival, Robson, Davies, McMillan, Guest.


Replacements: Elosu, Rogers, Evans, York, Care, Barry, Jewell.


London Irish: Hewat; Bailey, Shabbo, Gower, Thompstone; Geraghty, Parker; Dermody (capt), Buckland, Rautenbach, Johnson, Hudson, Danaher, Armitage, Fisher.


Replacements: Murphy, Paice, Casey, Thorpe, Homer, Lalanne, Hickey.

 

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