NEC Harlequins take a 35-point advantage into the second leg of their Parker Pen Challenge Cup game against Montauban after a very professional 43-8 victory at the Stade Sapiac.
In wet conditions and on a soaked pitch, Quins scored six tries to one including two absolute stunning efforts. Tries were scored by Ugo Monye (2), Ace Tiatia, Will Greenwood, Mel Deane and Pat Sanderson, with fly half Paul Burke adding five conversions and one penalty to complete a very comprehensive win.
Montauban were without a number of their regular starters due to injury, including their inspirational captain and second row forward Sergi Sergueev. Nevertheless, this was a good performance by the whole Quins team. All seven replacements were used with Scott Bemand coming onto to replace Monye who suffered a slight reoccurrence of his ankle injury.
Greenwood's try followed a tremendous bit of vision by both the England centrel and Gavin Duffy. Duffy collected a loose Montauban clearance by the touchline some 50 metres out from the line. He looked up and across to the far side of the pitch and then put in a tremendous cross-field kick of some 60 metres which bounced perfectly into the hands of the unmarked Greenwood to cross for what was Quins fourth try of the first half.
With such an advantage from the first leg, Quins are clear favorites to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Parker Pen Challenge Cup where they will face either Brive or Castres. Brive won the first leg at home by 30-17.
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.