19 Jun 13
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The tight scoreline suggests a closer match than it actually was with the visitors dominating much of the possession. In the first half they produced some typical, free flowing Harlequins-style rugby with Ollie Lindsay-Hague making a great impression at full back. He showed flashes of brilliance with his quick feet and unreadable sidesteps. And with other youngsters surrounding him and playing well, Harlequins showed their strength in depth.
It was a slow start to the match with the first score not put on the board until the 16th minute with the first of Harlequins three tries; Danny Care taking the spoils as he broke off quickly from a ruck and made a quick dash to score to the left of the post. Evans converted easily to take the score to 7-0, having missed an early chance to put the visitors in the lead after missing a penalty in the tenth minute.
George Lowe got on the scoresheet in the twentieth minute as he continued his return from injury with a full 80 minutes. A run from Tom Williams on the left wing was stopped at the five metre line, but Harlequins were able to get the ball out of the ensuing ruck and out to Lowe who ran in right under the posts. Evans converted to take it to 14-0.
The hosts first score in the first half didn't come until the 29th minute when Harlequins were penalised for not binding in the scrum and their second was kicked right on the half time mark after Harlequins went into a ruck at the side. Fly half Gordon Ross didn't miss a kick all game and slotted them both straight through to ensure his team were on the board.
A controversial decision by the referee just after the half hour mark saw a try by Care disallowed. The scrum half took a quick tap but it was adjudged that he hadn't taken it from where he should have and he was brought back. Captain Chris Robshaw's effort seven minutes later was good though as he drove over the line. The conversion from Evans ensured the 15 point lead at half time; 21-6.
In the second half London Welsh showed their intent and took advantage of any Harlequins mistakes. They were held up over the line in the fiftieth minute after a period of concerted effort inside the visitors 22. It ultimately came to nothing, but that was more to do with Harlequins defence than for lack of trying.
Five minutes later Ross was on the board once again with a penalty which he followed up three minutes later in the 58th minute with another one to bring his team to within nine points at 21-12. After a flurry of substitutions, within seven minutes, which saw Luke Wallace on for Tom Guest, Karl Dickson on for Care and Mark Lambert on for Joe Marler, Harlequins stretched the lead further with another penalty from Evans, 24-12.
But the hosts refused to give up and their determination secured them the first of their second half tries. Nick Scott ducked through a gap in the Harlequins defence, which was duly converted by Ross. Their second try came in the 72nd minute after Man of the Match Ed Jackson intercepted a Ben Botica pass, who had replaced by Evans. This ensured their losing bonus point.
Five minutes previously Evans had added to Harlequins tally with a converted try and secured their bonus point with it being the fourth of the game. He had the chance to take the match further away from London Welsh, but the penalty was missed and the hosts subsequent try added to their overall points for the season. The final score was 31-26 to Harlequins.
With the five points secured, Harlequins maintain their position at the top of the Aviva Premiership. Next week sees them take on Connacht in the Heineken Cup at The Stoop, kick off at 1.35pm on Saturday.
|London Welsh Score Card|
|Harlequins Score Card|