Harlequins hold off Newcastle Falcons at the Stoop

Harlequins held off a spirited Newcastle Falcons team to win the match 18-14 at the Twickenham Stoop to stay in contention for the play offs.

Quins were seeking to build on last week’s narrow win over Wasps, while Falcons
were looking to bounce back from an away reverse against Bath.

Two tries in the first-half laid a solid platform for the hosts, but Newcastle
regrouped after the break and can count themselves as unlucky to lose.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague sprinted over for a scintillating first try of the game
on 12 minutes to give Quins the lead, and though the conversion was missed,
the hosts added to their advantage later in the second-half when Sam Smith crossed.

Smith’s score in the corner was given the green light by the TMO, and Botica
was this time on target with the extras to make it 12-0.

Rory Clegg narrowed the deficit for Falcons with a penalty goal on the half
hour, and it remained that way until the early stages of the second half, when
Clegg added two more penalty goals to narrow Quins’ lead to three.

But the real drama came in the 70th minute, when Newcastle breached their hosts’
line to take a dramatic lead. The TMO was again called into action, and found
no issue with Alex Tait’s try, which Clegg failed to convert, leaving the score
at 12-14.

But indiscipline from the visitors would cost them the win, as Botica stepped
up to calmly slot over two penalties in the final four minutes of the match
to put Quins back in front for a decisive second time.

Final Score Harlequins 18 Newcastle Falcons 14

Scorers

Harlequins
Tries: Lindsay-Hague, Smith
Con: Botica
Pen: Botica 2

Newcastle
Try: Tait
Pen: Clegg 3

Match Officials
Referee
: JP Doyle (73rd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce and Luke Pearce.
TMO: Graham Hughes.

Teams

Harlequins: 15 Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 14 Sam Smith, 13 Tom Casson, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Luke Wallace, 6 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Paul Doran Jones, 2 Dave Ward, 1 Mark Lambert

Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Tom Guest, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Louis Grimoldby, 23 Paul Sackey

Newcastle: 15 Noah Cato, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Jamie Helleur, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Will Welch (c), 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Scott MacLeod, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers

Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Gary Strain, 18 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Joel Hodgson, 23 Adam Powell

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