Harlequins beat London Irish to book Semi

Danny Care scored a hat trick of tries

Harlequins scored five tries as they came from behind to beat London Irish 38-30 in their European Challenge Cup quarter final at the Twickenham Stoop.

England scrumhalf Danny Care scored a hat-trick of tries for Harlequins who led 18-16 at half time and outscored the Exiles 20-14 in the second half.

Loose forward Luke Wallace also crossed the white-wash twice for Quins while the Exiles tries were scored by winger Fergus Mulchrone, scrum-half Brendan McKibbin and centre Sean Maitland.

While London Irish’s European season is over they will take confidence from their performance into next week’s Premiership survival match against Newcastle Falcons in Newcastle.

Final Score Harlequins 38 (18) London Irish 30 (16)

Scorers

Harlequins
Tries – Care 3, Wallace 2
Pen – : Botica 3
Con – Botica 2
Drop –

London Irish
Tries – Mulchrone, McKibbin, Maitland
Pen – Geraghty 3
Con – Geraghty 3
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy),
Assistant ref: Ben Whitehouse (Wales),
Assistant ref: Elia Rizzo (Italy),
TMO: Carlo Damasco (Italy),
Citing Commissioner: Patrice Frantschi (France)

Teams

Harlequins: Mike Brown; Marland Yarde, George Lowe, Jamie Roberts, Tim Visser; Ben Botica, Danny Care (c); Mark Lambert, Joe Gray, Adam Jones, George Merrick, Sam Twomey, Chris Robshaw, Luke Wallace, Jack Clifford

Replacements: Dave Ward, Owen Evans, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Matthews, Mat Luamanu, Karl Dickson, Joe Marchant, Ross Chisholm

London Irish: Andrew Fenby; Sean Maitland, Fergus Mulchrone, Theo Brophy Clews, Tom Fowlie; Shane Geraghty, Brendan McKibbin; Tom Smallbone, David Paice (c), Leo Halavatau, William Lloyd, Jebb Sinclair, Tom Guest, Joe Trayfoot, Rob McCusker

Replacements: Tom Cruse, Tom Court, Richard Palframan, Ollie Curry, David Sisi, Gerard Ellis, Darren Allinson, Scott Steele

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