NEC Harlequins comprehensively booked their place in the next round of the Parker Pen Challenge Cup with a 63-3 victory over Cetransa UEMC at the Stoop in the second leg of the first round tie. The result meant that Quins won the match by 94-21 on aggregate.
It was the Spanish Champions who took the lead thanks to a penalty from fly half Esteban Roque after two minutes, but Quins responded with a score from hooker James Hayter five minutes later that Andy Dunne failed to convert from wide out.
The score stayed at 5-3 until ten minutes before half-time, when George Harder marked his return from injury with a try after breaking through the midfield 20 metres from the line. Dunne this time added the two extra points on offer from in front of the posts.
On 33 minutes, man-of-the-match Kai Hortsmann drove his way over from close range immediately after number seven Asis Garcia was sent to the sin-bin for the visitors. With first half injury time being played, Rob Jewell and Simon Keogh scored Quins fourth and fifth try respectively that made the score 29-3 at the interval.
It took Quins 14 minutes after the restart to increase their advantage, with Chris Bell diving over in the corner after a quickly taken penalty from Keogh. After this the flood gates opened with Dunne scoring try number seven, which he converted, as the match went into the final quarter.
Gavin Duffy raced over for two tries in the space of three minutes and Bell helped himself to another score with eight minutes remaining; sprinting clear from a tiring visitors defence from the halfway line. Dunne's successful conversion made the score 56-3.
The final try of the afternoon went to prop Ceri Jones with just a minutes left on the clock. Dunne made no mistake with the conversion to complete the scoring and the final whistle was soon to follow.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.