Monday, 11th September 2017 @ 00:00
Harlequins picked up their first A League win of the season with a seven try win over rivals London Irish at Hazelwood.
The visitors shot out the blocks with four first half tries as Harry Sloan, Dino Lamb, John Okafor and Tim Visser all scored in the opening spell.
In the second half they continued where they left off as Calum Waters and a brace from James Lang saw Harlequins run out comfortable 7-45 winner.
Earlier, Harlequins arrived at Hazelwood following an impressive win against Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership, but they were still in search of their first A League victory after falling 9-20 against the Exeter Braves last Monday night.
It was the third time they had faced London Irish in less than a month after a pre-season win, followed by the London Double Header loss just over a week ago.
This time they got off to the best possible start as Harry Sloan crossed the whitewash in just the third minute after Tim Swiel and Cadan Murley combined in the mid field. The centre finished well great work from under pressure and the visitors led 0-5.
Irish struck back quickly after a series of penalties sent them downfield and Captain Ollie Hoskins barged over form the rolling maul. Jacob Atkins added the extras to give them the 7-5 lead with 12 minutes gone.
The reaminder of the half was all Quins as a dominant set piece, and tactial kicking from hand helped them to advantages in both territory and possession. They made the most of both as they picked up a first half bonus point as they raced in three more tries.
Dino Lamb scored in the 20th minute as he showed a good turn of pace to race down the wing following Tim Visser's offload.
This would soon be followed by fellow Academy forward John Okafor who powered over from close range after an extended siege on the Irish line.
Finally, on the stroke of half-time, Visser got one of his own after a Tim Swiel break set the the Scottish international up, though he still had work to do to seal the bonus point.
Fly-half James Lang was successful with the latter two conversions and Harlequins went into the break ahead 7-24.
As the sides ran out for the second half the heavens opened and both sides initially struggled in the rain. While the Quins attack failed to ignite immediately their defence was imposing throughout.
In the 55th minute they got the scoreboard moving once again as James Lang burst through to go under the posts, the conversion from the fly-half making it 7-31.
With the match over as a contest, and only ten minutes to play Quins would score two more to cap a stirring performance.
Firstly to replacement scrum-half Calum Waters, who was impressive in his time off the bench, before James Lang completed a move in the far corner to make it 7-45.
A convincing win for Harlequins, but importantly a solid performance both from the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. They now have a week break from A League before an away trip to Bath United later this month.
In the meantime the Club faces an away trip to Wasps in the Aviva Premiership as well as an exciting encounter at The Stoop against Leicester Tigers on Saturday 23rd September. Tickets for the match are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.