Tigers and Quins end up all square in the Big Game

A last minute try from England winger Ugo Monye helped Harlequins to a 26-26 draw with an impressive Leicester Tigers outfit at a bustling Twickenham on Sunday.


Harlequins had moved their match to Twickenham and dubbed it the Big Game in order to benefit from the larger gate monies which proved to be a wise move as 50 000 attended the match which set a Premiership record.


New Zealand fly-half Nick Evans popped over the vital conversion for the draw after it had looked for all money that the Tigers had done enough for a well deserved win on the road.


Three Evans penalties, to one from Toby Flood, gave Harlequins a 9-3 lead.

 

Two Flood penalties and converted tries from Johne Murphy and Tom Croft saw Leicester take a 23-9 advantage – with the game looking all but lost for the hosts after 50 minutes.

But Mike Brown replied with a converted try for Quins 18 minutes into the second-half.


And a penalty apiece from Flood and Evans saw Quins get to with seven points – and Ugo Monye crossed to set up Evans to claim the draw.


Final Score Harlequins 26 Leicester 26


Scorers


Harlequins
Tries: Brown,Monye
Cons: Evans 2
Pens: Evans (4)


Leicester
Tries: J Murphy, Croft
Cons: Flood (2)
Pens: Flood (3)


Teams


Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Will Skinner (c), 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Robson, 4 James Percival, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Tani Fuga, 1 Ceri Jones.


Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Jim Evans, 19 Tom Guest, 20 Andy Gomarsall, 21 De Wet Barry, 22 Chris Malone.


Leicester: 15 Scott Hamilton, 14 Johne Murphy, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Matt Smith, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Lewis Moody, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Martin Corry (c), 3 Julian White, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Boris Stankovich.


Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Martin Castrogiovanni, 18 Craig Newby, 19 Ben Herring, 20 Ben Youngs, 21 Seru Rabeni, 22 Tom Varndell.

 

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