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Harlequins recorded their second consecutive bonus point win to open the Anglo-Welsh Cup as they scored seven tries in a 45-37 home win over Worcester Warriors.
First half tries to Tim Visser, Mat Luamanu, Harry Sloan and captain James Chisholm saw the home side fight back to lead 26-15 at the break.
Worcester closed the gap immediately in the second spell but further tries to Dino Lamb, James Lang and Ben Glynn were enough for the Londoners despite a late fight back from the Warriors. Harlequins heading back to the league with a 45-37 victory to make it ten points through two rounds of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Earlier, Harlequins had arrived back at The Stoop following the scintillating 29-30 bonus point win over Saracens just seven days ago. Once again they were forced to play from behind as Dean Hammond opened the scoring in just the fourth minute.
In the tenth minute Calum Waters set up Tim Visser following a trade mark Quins quick tap, though the scrum-half soon went off inured as he joined Danny Care (international duty), Charlie Mulchrone and Dave Lewis (both injured) on the unavailable list.
Worcester kicked a penalty to stretch their lead to 5-10 before Mat Luamanu’s powerful run from 30 metres out gave his side their first lead of the encounter. Though it was short lived as the Warriors caught the Londoners napping with a cross field kick that found its way to Matt Sterling to cross the whitewash.
Until this point the contest was fairly even but Quins soon got into a higher gear as they dominated the remainder of the half.
First it was Harry Sloan, who made it two tries in two matches following his return from injury, before the captain James Chisholm also powered over from close range. Both tries set up by immense scrum that won four penalties within 15 minutes, one of which resulted in a yellow card for tighthead prop Simon Kerrod.Quins went into the break with the bonus point already sealed and an eleven-point lead as they lead 26-15.
In the second spell Worcester once again kicked off the scoring. Quins were a man down due to injury, so the visitors flung the ball wide and found Dean Hammond to cross and score. While the closed gap was now just four points it was the closest they would ever get to leading again.
Two tries in five minutes from young stars Dino Lamb and James Lang burst the game wide open as the lead ballooned to 38-22 with 25 minutes still to play.
The shine slightly taken off the latter as Academy scrum-half Niall Saunders also left the field due to an injury. Marcus Smith deputising at half back.
Worcester hit back through Ben Howard's rangy run. Referee Adam Jones awarding the touch and go try without the use of a TMO, who was unavailable for the match.
But as they did for much of the encounter the quartered men struck back immediately, with their seventh try of the afternoon, as Glynn scored his first try for Harlequins.
Just like they did a fortnight ago in the league, Worcester staged a late fight back at The Stoop but again it fell short. Their fifth try to Darren Berry gave them hope before their sixth gave Hammond his hat-trick. The try however went unconverted, leaving them eight points behind and having to settle with just one bonus point from the encounter.
With 82 points, and 13 tries scored, it felt more like basketball game at times but John Kingston will be happy with five more competition points that keeps them level with Exeter Chiefs at the top of Pool 2.
They now break from the Anglo-Welsh Cup and return to the Aviva Premiership with back-to-back away matches at Exeter and Bath - two tough asks for Quins who have been devastated by injuries.
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