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Quins v L Irish
Harlequins v London Irish
London Irish (H)
29/03/2014, KO 15:00
Sat 29th Mar 14
AVIVA Premiership Rugby
L Irish 18-13 Quins
L W W L W
L Irish Form
W W W L L
The win did not come without its dramas. With Harlequins leading 30-13 with just 15 minutes to play, a try from Anthony Allen brought the Tigers right in contention. As they threatened the line in the 80th minute, their ill-discipline at the break down allowed Quins to kick to touch for glory.
Quins were awarded an early penalty when the Tigers defence was caught offside. Evans made no mistake with the boot and got Harlequins into an early 3-0 lead.
Evans had the chance to extend the lead on 6 minutes, however with his attempt hitting the posts, Tigers cleared their lines. They only cleared as far as their 22 and Quins attacked from the lineout.
Following the set piece, strong running From Maurie Fa'asavalu brought play midway inside the 22. The ball was shipped wide quickly and with an overlap on the far side, Williams crossed over for the try. Evans' Conversion attempt hit the right upright for a second time as Quins lead 8-0 with 12 minutes played.
Harlequins were caught offside following a break from the prop, Marcos Ayerza in the 14th minute and with the simplest of penalty's George Ford put the Tigers on the scoreboard.
Quins got on the front foot straight from the restart, captain Chris Robshaw stole the lineout which allowed Quins to attack. Tom Williams charged down the near wing this time and did well to stay in play, the attack was broken down when an inside flick from Danny Care to Mike Brown was deemed forward by referee, Wayne Barnes.
Care then made a stunning run from his own 22 up to the half way line. With brilliant offloading Quins were again able to get into the 22 and after a scrum resulted in a penalty, Evans extended the lead to 11-3 on 23 minutes.
Despite Ford missing a penalty moment s after Evans' attempt, the young fly-half was able to put three more points on the board with 12 minutes of the half to go.
Despite Quins having a lineout in the Leicester 22, the Tigers stole the ball and Steve Mafi ran in untouched from 70 yards. With Ford's conversion, Tigers took a 11-13 lead on 32 minutes.
Harlequins put together some clever rugby in the closing stages of the half as they kept the ball alive with magnificent offloading. Quins attacking efforts were rewarded two minutes before half time when Thomas Waldrom was sent to the sin-bin. From 50 yards out Evans put Quins into a 14-13 lead, a score which remained the same at half time.
Four minutes into the first half and Evans rewarded Quins for their early momentum. The former All-Black slotted allowing a four point cushion.
Moments later, off the back of a strong maul, Evans was lining up another kick. As Waldrom returned to the field, Evans had kicked nine points for Quins and the Londoners lead 20-13.
As the game approached the final quarter, Quins began to build some momentum inside the Tigers half. From a five man lineout, Maurie Fa'asavalu took the ball at the back, Quins worked the phases. After coming as close to the line as possible, Robshaw bundled over for a try. Evans' conversion extend the lead to 27-13. Fought back. Evans added another penalty on 64 minutes to make the score 30-13. Despite the win looking comfortable the Tigers
Anthony Allen was able to capitalise on a break from Ben Youngs, the Leicester centre scored under the posts and with Ford's conversion, Tigers shortened the deficit to 30-20 with 12 minutes remaining.
Tigers reduced the gap to seven points on 70 minutes through Ford and despite Leicester battering the Quins line in the closing stages of the game, the Londoners kept their cool to secure the victory.
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