NEC Harlequins recorded their first win in the Zurich Premiership with a 26-13 victory over Rotherham. Quins claimed the maximum five points by scoring four tries, but the performance was far from convincing.
Quins made the early breakthrough when a Keith Wood drive created an overlap. Will Greenwood sent Steve White-Cooper clear to score in the corner. Burke's touchline conversion increased the lead to 7-0 after six minutes.
After 20 minutes, the lead was reduced. Referee John Barnard awarded Rotherham a penalty for handling in the ruck. Mike Umaga, Rotherham's full back, converted the opportunity.
A Ryan O'Neill break looked like setting up Quins second try. Peter Richards took play to Rotherham's twenty-two, but his return pass to O'Neill went to ground. Injury then forced O'Neill off the field for the second week in succession. Mark Mapletoft replaced him on 37 minutes. A second Umaga penalty made the half-time score 7-6.
Quins responded with two tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Good handling from the backs, after powerful driving from the forwards, put Daren O'Leary over in the corner after only two minutes. Burke again converted from the touchline.
After nine minutes, Quins secured turnover ball and found space in midfield. Wood popped up in the centre, dummied and broke clear. His pass found Greenwood who raced in for the try. Burke's conversion increased the lead to 21-6.
With 10 minutes remaining Nick Burrows, on for O'Leary, cut through the midfield. His long pass found Nick Greenstock, who beat the defence to score in the corner. Burke missed the conversion but Quins now led by 20 points.
A try for replacement prop Jim Thorp, converted by Umaga, was nothing more than a consolation for the visitors.
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