Harlequins outclass Exeter Chiefs at HQ

Former Champions Harlequins outclassed Exeter Chiefs 22-6 in Aviva Premiership at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon.

The “Big Game 6” match was hosted by Harlequins and was played in front of a 74,827 strong crowd.

Harlequins effectively won the match in the first half and led 19-3 at half time after three tries but lost their momentum in the break and were unable to match their first half performance in the second half and failed to secure the bonus point.

England coach Stuart Lancaster will have some concern as Danny Care went off injured and finished the match on the replacements bench with a moon boot on his left foot.

Quins controlled proceedings from the outset and secured the win thanks to
three first half tries.

The teams were separated by just a point prior to kick-off but the home side
looked by far the better side in front of a sizeable crowd at the headquarters
of English rugby and will be disappointed not to have crossed the whitewash
after half-time to claim a bonus point.

Quins made a lightning fast start to the match as they managed to get quick
ball and create a huge overlap on the left-hand side, which fly-half Nick Evans
gladly took advantage off.

The former All Black converted his own try and, although he missed two penalty
attempts and his opposite number Gareth Steenson was on target with his only
attempt, Harlequins always looked more likely to get the game’s second try as
Sam Smith and Mike Brown both went close.

They had to wait until the half-hour mark but that second try did finally arrive
as the forwards put in the hard yards before Charlie Walker showed good pace
and footwork to finish the chance off.

Walker’s opposite number, Jack Nowell, was sent to the sin bin for a tip tackle
in the build-up to the try to add insult to injury and Harlequins made the most
of the extra man as Brown added a third try before the break after good work
from Dave Ward and Danny Care.

Both sides had chances in the second half with the hosts’ backline still looking
dangerous and Luke Arscott and Tom Johnson both coming close for the visitors
but three points apiece from Evans and Steenson were the only other scores as
Harlequins recorded a precious victory over one of their rivals for a top four
place.

The result moves Harlequins up to fourth place in the Premiership standings and man of the match was awarded to Quins hooker Dave Ward.

Final Score Harlequins 22 (19) Exeter Chiefs 6 (3)

Scorers

Harlequins
Tries – Evans, Walker, Brown
Pen – Evans
Con – Evans
Drop –

Exeter Chiefs
Tries –
Pen – Steenson (2)
Con –
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
JP Doyle (71st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege and Roy Maybank
TMO: David Grashoff.

Teams

Harlequins

15. Mike Brown , 14. Charlie Walker , 13. Matt Hopper , 12. Tom Casson , 11. Sam Smith , 10. Nick Evans , 9. Danny Care , 8. Nick Easter, 7. Chris Robshaw (C) , 6. Luke Wallace , 5. George Robson , 4. Charlie Matthews, 3. Will Collier, 2. Dave Ward ,1. Joe Marler

Replacements : 16. Max Crumpton , 17. Mark Lambert , 18. Paul Doran Jones , 19. Nick Kennedy , 20. Tom Guest , 21. Karl Dickson , 22. Ben Botica , 23. Ollie Lindsay-Hague

Exeter Chiefs

15 Luke Arscott , 14 Jack Nowell , 13 Ian Whitten , 12 Jason Shoemark , 11 Tom James , 10 Gar

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