23 May 13
Harlequins confirmed today (23rd May) that Chris Brooker is leaving the club to join Worcester Warriors.
Early scores from Ugo Monye and Nick Easter in the first half were matched by tries from Waldrom and replacement Steve Mafi. With both kickers on form throughout the game, George Lowe's second half try was matched by tries from Alesana Tuilagi and a second from Waldrom. Flood's late penalty denied Quins the bonus point.
It was the Leicester number 8 that opened the scoring after seven minutes of the half, the Tigers gained a lineout just five metres short of the Quins line and when they drove over, the decision went to the TMO. Following this, the try was confirmed. Toby Flood added the conversion and the Tigers lead 0-7.
Both kickers exchanged penalties following the try, but when Ugo Monye intercepted a pass in the Tigers midfield, the Harlequins winger ran in from the halfway line untouched to gift him a second try in two games.
With Evans adding the extras, he was lining up a penalty attempt in a similar position just moments later. Harlequins worked their way into the 22 thanks to strong running from Jordan Turner-Hall. When the centre tried to offload to George Lowe, he was taken without the ball and Manu Tuilagi was sin-binned. This infringement cost his side a further three points and Quins took a 16-10 lead.
Harlequins kept the pressure in the Tigers half thanks to superb kicking from Nick Evans. The home side were rewarded with a five metre scrum from an error in the Tigers' lineout. From the base of the resulting scrum, Nick Easter picked and after bouncing off two tackles, the powerful number eight dived over the line. Evans added the extras and with 12 minutes of the first half remaining, Harlequins lead 23-10.
As a result of Easter's burst, there was a long injury period as Tom Croft needed to be stretched off with a suspected neck injury. When play resumed both kickers exchanged penalties, between which, the visitors returned to 15 men.
Harlequins were slower off the mark from the break in play and Tigers responded with a try of their own. Leicester worked quick phases after the restart from the Quins penalty, when Steve Mafi, the replacement for Croft, picked from the back of a ruck, he was able to slide in under the posts. With Flood's conversion alongside a penalty on 40 minutes, Harlequins lead 26-23 at the break.
Responding to a penalty from Toby Flood in the opening minutes of the second half, Quins scored a try through George Lowe. When Harlequins turned over a Tigers scrum they began to work the phases. A neat grubber kick from Evans through the defence allowed Lowe to bundle over. Evans was on form with the boot and Quins lead 33-26.
Tigers enjoyed heavy pressure in the Quins 22 in response to the try but the defence stood strong and Quins could clear their lines as a result of a penalty.
As the game entered the final quarter, Tigers enjoyed further possession inside the Harlequins half. Despite Tigers trying to gain ground through their forwards, it was met by a strong Quins defence. This period of time proved crucial as Quins struggled to get out of their own half, even in possession.
Leicester in attack then looked to their backs and when Anthony Allen made a half break, this would ultimately lead to a Tigers score. The visitors worked quick phases inside the 22 and when the ball was shipped wide to Alesana Tuilagi he crossed over. Toby Flood's conversion effort was successful and the Tigers drew back to 33-33.
The Tigers momentum remained and when Quins went down to 14 men, due to an injury to Monye, the visitors capitalised. Allen made a second break in midfield which resulted in Waldrom crossing for his second score. Flood's extras put Tigers into a 33-40 lead.
Quins could have responded in the perfect way when Sam Smith made a break, with a pass to Mike Brown knocking forward, the try scoring opportunity broke down with 6 minutes remaining. When Quins won a penalty from the resulting scrum, Clegg kicked to touch 5 metres out. The forwards drove but Tigers turned the ball over.
This mistake in the lineout allowed Tigers to kick downfield. They enjoyed possession and when Tigers were awarded a penalty, Flood denied Quins a losing bonus point to extend the lead to 33-43.