NEC Harlequins are top of the League table. After their first two games in the Zurich Premiership League, the team that are labelled as 'slow starters' have surprised all, beating London Wasps at the Stoop (33-27) in their opening match and then Rotherham Titans away at Millmoor on Saturday (15-43).
The name on everyone's lips was once again the young England Sevens star Ugo Monye, who continued his exciting run of form with a hat-trick of tries.
To the delight of the home crowd, Rotherham got off to an ideal start with a try by No.8 Lewis in the first minute, a try that looked to have been saved by Quins scrum half Ben Willis, but was given by the Sky video official. Titans fly-half Jason Strange added the extra two points.
With the 'new boys' 7-0 up, Quins started to take control of the game, the first score to the visiting side came from a penalty kicked by fly half Paul Burke in the 11th minute (7-3).
Four minutes later Quins winger Ugo Monye went over for his first try of the game in the 14th minute, another decision that went the way of the video official. With a strong break and run from George Harder and a superb pass from full back Gavin Duffy, it was not long before the surging power of Monye was again on display. Burke uncharacteristically missed the conversion.
Dominating the Titans, Quins secured one of many turnover balls, which resulted in another speedy break by the young Monye who crossed the line for his second try. Again fly half Burke missed the conversion, but Quins were up 7-13.
The Quins management would have been annoyed over the amount of ball that was turned over in the first 10 minutes of the game, but as Stuart Barnes put it, "Quins are quite feisty, making it clear that they are not Southern Softies!"
With a notable start by new full back Gavin Duffy, back from injury, the Quins back three combined brilliantly, with some thrilling moves and play by Harder and Mel Deane.
Titans fly half Strange missed a penalty opportunity in the 36th minute before Quins continued to dictate and winger George Harder dashed around Jason Keyter for the third try of the game. This time, Burke's kick was perfect and the conversion put his team 20-7 in the lead.
With half time looming (39th minute) it was not the end of the scoring spree, Harder made another break down the touchline, offloading to hooker Ace Tiatia just before being tackled into touch, who scored the fourth try and secured the bonus point.
Strange added a much needed three points for the Titans with a penalty kick on the half time bell taking the score to 10-27 at the break.
As the Sky commentators put it, 'It was looking ominous for the home side, they were out-flanked in the channels and Quins had just too much pace out wide.'
Rotherham fought back hard in the second half, but it was not to be. Captain Chris Johnson went over for a try in the 58th minute, again sent the way of the video official who had had a very busy game, but it was simply not enough to get their heads above the water. Strange missed the conversion (15-30).
Paul Burke added another penalty to Quins tally shortly after the Titans try (15-33) before being taken off and replaced by new signing Andy Dunne, playing in his preferred position. Dunne made his mark on the game with a successful penalty kick in the 78th minute(15-36).
Just when Rotherham thought it could not get any worse, 'Monye Mania' hit again and he went over to score his hat -trick try in the 80th minute. After a great break by replacement Dunne, there was no stopping Monye, who celebrated in style with his team mates, before Dunne kicked the conversion taking the final score to 15-43.
With strong all round performances by many of the Quins players, Director of Rugby Mark Evans said: "We are pleased with the win but still have lots to work on, elements of the overall team performance were not great, but some individuals played very well."
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.