Harlequins bounce back to beat London Irish

Harlequins ended their three match losing streak in all competitions to beat London Irish 30-23 at The Stoop in the Aviva Premiership.


Harlequins had not played at the Stoop in the Premiership since the end of November and it looked like their return would be an unhappy one as they were trailing 10-13 at half time.

Quins put their recent run of bad form behind them, as they secure a vital
win to keep them on top standings.

Harlequins went into the game have lost their last three games in all competitions,
and it was easy to see why early on.

The visitors went straight at them from the kick off and had a try within two
minutes – full-back Tom Homer diving over to give Irish a dream start.

The home side hit back immediately though with Nick Evans landing a penalty.
Indeed Harlequins then began to boss the game for a period as they went in search
of a try and midway through the half they were rewarded for their efforts as
Tom Casson went over.

Evans added the extras and Irish needed a response.

Both sides had their fair share of possession approaching half time, but it
was the away side who were to go into the interval on top as Tom Homer added
his second and third penalties of the contest to leave the Exiles up by three
points at the break.

The hosts came out strongly in the second half, and it wasn’t long before they
had their second try of the contest with Tom Williams diving over, Nick Evans
adding the conversion to leave the home side in command.

Danny Care added a fine drop goal soon after and Harlequins were now looking
like the confident team who top the Premiership.

Irish responded well to their credit, and hit back with a Jonathan Joseph try,
converted by Homer.

But Harlequins weren’t to be stopped, and scored a penalty soon after, Evans
also adding a drop goal, before Ross Chisholm dived over for a try to restore
the hosts’ superiority.

Evans then scored another penalty to extend Harlequins lead before Adrian Jarvis
gave Irish a glimmer of hope landing a penalty in the closing stages.

But it wasn’t to be as Harlequins held out for a much-needed, confidence-boosting
victory.

Final Score Harlequins 30 (10) London Irish 23 (13)


Scorers


Harlequins
Tries: Casson, Williams, Chisholm
Penalties: Evans 2
Conversions: Evans 3
Drop G : Care


London Irish
Tries: Homer, Joseph
Penalties: Homer 2 , Jarvis
Conversions: Homer 2


Referee: Dean Richards (53rd Premiership game)


Teams


Harlequins


15. Ross Chisholm , 14. Tom Williams , 13. Matt Hopper , 12. Tom Casson , 11. Sam Smith , 10. Nick Evans , 9. Danny Care, 8. Nick Easter , 7. Luke Wallace , 6. Tom Guest , 5. George Robson (C) , 4. Olly Kohn , 3. James Johnston, 2. Joe Gray, 1. Mark Lambert


Replacements : 16. Chris Brooker , 17. Aston Croall , 18. Tim Fairbrother , 19. Tomas Vallejos , 20. Will Skinner , 21. Karl Dickson , 22. Rory Clegg , 23. George Lowe


London Irish


15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Shontayne Hape; 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 10. Dan Bowden; 9. Darren Allinson; 1. Clarke Dermody (Captain); 2. David Paice; 3. Faan Rautenbach; 4. Nick Kennedy; 5. Bryn Evans; 6. Matt Garvey; 7. Kieran Roche; 8. Richard Thorpe


Replacements: 16. Brian Blaney; 17. Max Lahiff; 18. Paulica Ion; 19. Ed Siggery; 20. Marland Yarde; 21. Delon Armitage; 22. Adrian Jarvis; 23. Ross Samson

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