20 Jun 13
Harlequins were honoured last night for their efforts off the field in the last 12 months by winning the "Play Award" at the 2013 All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards in London.
The opening 20 minutes saw the respective kickers taking advantage of both sides' ill-discipline and Quins lead 6-3 after the first quarter.
It took a break from the powerful Kyle Sinckler to provide Quins with the opening attacking platform. After a strong 20 metre run, the prop was brought down inches before the line. The forwards worked a few phases close to the line, before Merrick bundled over to score. Rory Clegg converted and Quins lead 13-3.
Gloucester then worked their way deep into Quins' territory. A solid Quins defence kept Gloucester out after numerous lineouts, five metres from Quins' line. Gloucester made their way over the line, but the defensive effort from both Care and Miles Mantella was enough to deny the Cherry and White's, Matt Cox from scoring.
This resulted in the visitors being awarded a five metre scrum. Numerous resets and penalties followed but Quins' patience was about to be rewarded.
Quins' front row of Sinckler, Rob Buchanan and Nick Mayhew turned a Gloucester scrum, five metres from Quins' line. This allowed Clegg to clear the lines. From the Gloucester lineout, the backs were released. Thanks to a huge tackle from Matt Hopper and a steal from Tom Casson, Quins turned a 10 minute defence into a short attack.
The ball was shipped to Luke Wallace on the wing, who took the ball into contact. A pick and go from Mantella was offloaded to the injury returned Care who crossed to score. This was the scrum-half's last act, as he was replaced by Richard Bolt. Clegg was unsuccessful and Quins went into the break 18-3 ahead.
Changes at half time saw Benjamin Urdapilleta move to fly-half, with Williams moving to full-back, as Burns occupied the wing.
Gloucester's Mills reduced the deficit through the boot early in the second half, bringing the score to 18-6.
But Quins' response was more impressive. Two quick tries from Tom Williams, after line breaks from Casson and Buchanan, allowed Quins to build a healthy 32-6 lead just after the hour mark.
On 66 minutes, Williams, who had pressurised Mills all evening, managed to charge down the fly-half's kick. The ball flew awkwardly to Hopper who fumbled it. This allowed Gloucester to pounce on the loose ball and Robinson ran in for a soft try. The conversion was added, but Quins were still in control with a 32-13 lead.
Quins however responded immediately four minutes later. After working their way into Gloucester's territory thanks to a quick lineout and run from Burns. The ball was shipped to Casson who provided a perfectly weighted grubber kick through the line to allow Burns to cross. After a momentary pause, the referee awarded the try. Urdapilleta missed the conversion as Quins' lead increased to 37-13 with 10 minutes left.
But the home side's attacking flare didn't end there. Harlequins were awarded a penalty in Gloucester's half and Urdapilleta kicked for the corner. From the lineout the ball was juggled by Bolt. He then passed to Joe Trayfoot, who in turn offloaded to Chris Brooker, the ball was taken into contact, only for Merrick to cross for his second. Urdapilleta converted as Quins completed their 44-13 victory over Gloucester.
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