Harlequins battle to bonus point over London Welsh

Harlequins were made to work for their Aviva Premiership 13-24 bonus point victory over London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

The result moves the former champions up to eighth place in the overall Premiership standings.

London Welsh gave a good account of themselves in the first half with a try from Paul Rowley and a penalty from Will Robinson putting them very much in the game.

Harlequins however just held the lead at half-time with two tries courtesy of Karl Dickson and Marland Yarde giving them the 10-12 advantage.

After an impressive start, there was only one penalty for Robinson in the second half for London Welsh, meaning they fell to yet another defeat.

Two further tries for Harlequins courtesy of Kyle Sinckler and Tom Williams secured them the bonus point and the 13-24 victory.

There were no points in the opening quarter for either team until London Welsh struck with the try for Rowley on 21 minutes. An initial break by Robinson started the attack and Nick Scott offloaded to Robinson who crashed over for the try.

Harlequins reply came soon after when Dickson took a quick tap penalty and worked his way over the line but a missed conversion by Tim Swiel meant they still trailed the home side.

A penalty for Robinson gave his team a five point lead before Harlequins got themselves back into the game courtesy of Yarde.

The steal at the line-out made the break easy for Matt Hopper and he drew the defence out of their positions for Yarde to find the try line, giving a the visitors a small 10-12 lead going into half time.

Harlequins were the first to find the try line in the second half from the line-out, when Sinckler was beautifully set up by Yarde to smash over the line.

Robinson successfully kicked another penalty to keep the Exiles in the game but it was not to be as Williams struck in the last 10 minutes for Harlequins’ fourth try, which also secured them the bonus point as well as the 13-24 victory.

Final Score London Welsh 13 (10) Harlequins 24 (12)

Scorers

London Welsh
Tries – Rowley
Pen -Robinson 2
Con – Robinson
Drop –

Harlequins
Tries – Dickson, Yarde, Sinckler, Williams
Pen –
Con – Swiel 2
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee
: JP Doyle (88th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick and Jonathan Healy.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Teams

London Welsh

15. Will Robinson, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. Seb Jewell, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Piri Weepu*, 9. Paul Rowley, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Nathan Vella, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Ben West, 5. James Down, 6. Peter Browne, 7. Carl Kirwan (C), 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Koree Britton, 17. Ricky Reeves, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Lachlan McCaffrey, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Rob Lewis, 22. Olly Barkley*, 23. James Tincknell.

* Denotes full international

Harlequins

15. Ollie Lindsay-Hague , 14. Marland Yarde , 13. Matt Hopper , 12. George Lowe , 11. Aseli Tikoirotuma , 10. Tim Swiel , 9. Karl Dickson , , 1. Mark Lambert , 2. Joe Gray , 3. Will Collier , 4. Charlie Matthews , 5. Sam Twomey , 6. Joe Trayfoot , 7. Jack Clifford , 8. Nick Easter (C)

Replacements : 16. Rob Buchanan , 17. Darryl Marfo , 18. Kyle Sinckler , 19. George Merrick , 20. James Chisholm , 21. Danny Care , 22. Ben Botica , 23. Tom Williams

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