Harlequins edge past Worcester Warriors

Harlequins climbed to seventh on the Guinness Premiership table after edging Worcester 14-11 at The Stoop on Saturday.


The opening half was a subdued affair as both sides managed only one try each. Quins took the lead after eight minutes as late replacement for Nick Evans Rory Clegg opened the scoring with a try, but he failed to add the extras.


The Warriors responded three minutes later as wing Miles Benjamin leveled matters, but Matthew Jones’ attempted conversion sailed wide as the teams went into the break at 5-5.


Jones, who was making his first Premiership start of the season, slotted his first points of the tie after the interval as he made it 8-5 in Worcester’s favour, but Clegg negated his contribution three minutes later with a penalty of his own.


The see-saw pattern continued when Jones restored Warriors’ lead in the 63rd minute only to be matched by Clegg’s second penalty to make it 11-11.


With 10 minutes left Clegg converted his third penalty to give Quins a three-point lead which they held on to until the final whistle, claiming four valuable points.


Final Score Harlequins 14 Worcester 11


Scorers


Harlequins
Tries – Clegg
Pen – Clegg (3)


Worcester
Tries – Benjamin
Pen – Jones (2)


Teams


Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 David Strettle, 13 George Lowe, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Tom Williams, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Will Skinner (c), 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Robson, 4 James Percival,3 John Andress, 2 Matt Cairns, 1 Ceri Jones.


Replacements: 16 Tani Fuga, 17 Aston Croall, 18 James Johnston, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Chris York, 21 steve So’oialo, 22 Nils Mordt, 23 Sam Smith.


Worcester: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Chris Pennell, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Matthew Jones, 9 Jonny Arr, 8 Kai Horstmann, 7 Pat Sanderson (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Craig Gillies, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Chris Fortey, 1 Matt Mullan.


Replacements: 16 Adam Black, 17 Aleki Lutui, 18 Olivier Sourgens, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Chris Cracknell, 21 Ryan Powell, 22 Calum MacRae, 23 Alex Grove.

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