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Tries from Henry Cheeseman, Dave Lewis, Archie White, James Lang and Ross Chisholm saw Harlequins see off Scarlets to secure a bonus point win and keep up their 100% record in this year's Anglo-Welsh Cup.
In miserable conditions at The Stoop, Harlequins held a 14-0 lead at half-time before scoring three tries in the second 40 to race away clear winners.
With Exeter Chiefs going down 31-21 to Worcester Warriors, Harlequins are now just one point away from securing qualification into this year's semi-finals.
Earlier, Harlequins arrived at The Stoop buoyed by the return of many players who have recovered from long-term injuries. Luke Wallace, Stan South, Joe Marchant, Joe Gray and Aaron Morris all came in to start while Sam Twomey - out with an injury for 15 months - had a spot among the replacements.
While the opening 20 minutes remained scoreless, Harlequins enjoyed most of the possession while Scarlets racked up the infringements. On the stroke of 20 minutes Harlequins went as close as they had done all match, but Charlie Matthews was adjudged to be held up over the line.
From the resulting five metre scrum, Harlequins had their first try of the match. In a simple move, Dave Lewis found Henry Cheeseman at first receiver who wrestled himself over the line under the tackle.
7-0 turned to 14-0 soon after when Harlequins piled on the pressure in Scarlets' 22. From a line out five metres out, Harlequins' forwards put in the graft at the maul and Lewis turned from provider to scorer as he peeled away and dived over.
With Quins in control, the hosts held a comfortable 14-0 lead at half-time.
Harlequins kept up the pressure they piled on the opening half to all but wrap up the contest on the 47th minute. With Quins dominating in the forwards all match, Harlequins decided once again to go through the boys up front when in Scarlets' 22. Archie White was the one to cross this time from a metre out.
Despite being 21-0 down, Scarlets began to grow into the contest; Harlequins' defence - however - stood resolute. With Harlequins camped in their own 22, the hosts managed to bully their way out of their half and into Scarlets' 22.
The bonus point was then wrapped up just shy of the hour mark. With Harlequins enjoying possession in Scarlets' 22, James Lang - with six points already to his name - received the ball from close range, stepped and got himself under near the posts.
With a 28-0 lead, one of the moments of the match took place shortly after. Sam Twomey - out with an injury for 15 months - replaced the impressive Stan South to a rapturous applause.
Both sides began to make a flurry of changes - including debuts for Cadan Murley and Max Coyle - and with that the pace and intensity of the contest began to deflate.
Scarlets weren't to be 'nilled' as they got themselves on the scoresheet seven minutes from time. From a routine catch and drive at a line out five metres out, Bryce Morgan got himself over under a melee of bodies.
With the match winding down, four tries turned to five when Ross Chisholm reacted quickest to broken play, pinned his ears back and dashed over the line for his third try of the month. With Lang keeping up his 100% record with the boot - and 15-point haul - Quins wrapped up 35-7 winners.
Harlequins now head to Northampton Saints next Friday night, with the knowledge that just one point will see them into the final four as the Londoners are the last team standing in the competition with maximum points.
Following the conclusion of the Anglo-Welsh Cup pool stage, John Kingston's side will then return to The Stoop on Sunday 11th February (kick-off 13:00) to face old foes Wasps in the Aviva Premiership. Tickets are available here or by calling the Ticket Office on 020 8410 6010.
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