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It was a game of three thirds as Harlequins scored four unanswered tries to fight back against Worcester Warriors, before having to hold on at the death, as they eventualy won 41-35 at The Stoop.
Marcus Smith opened the scoring with a try in front of his home support but Worcester fought back with three tries to lead 10-18 after half an hour.
Mat Luamanu powered over ahead of the break, before the sensational Danny Care, Jamie Roberts and Charlie Walker all crossed the white wash, and Smith stayed perfect from the tee, to make it 38-18 with an hour gone.
With 15 minutes remaining the Warriors battled back with three unanswered tries of their own, but a TIm Swiel penalty, and a poor kicking display from Worcester, was enough for the home side to hang on for a 41-35 victory.
Earlier, Quins arrived at The Stoop after back-to-back losses in a disappointing start to their European campaign. But they had put 42 points on Sale Sharks their last time out in the Premiership.
They started where they left off when Danny Care’s lovely delayed pass set up the scintillating Marcus Smith to score next to the posts -his first try in Quins colours. The fly-half converted his own score en route to 18 points for the afternoon, and a league leading 81 on the season.
In an electric opening quarter it was the visitors on top as slick offloading, and quick counter attacking, saw them run in three fast tries to stun the Londoners.
First it was Dave Denton who capitalised on a classy Wynand Olivier pass, before wing Perry Humphries finished well in the opposite corner.
The fly-halves exchanged penalties then a Josh Adams try took Worcester out to a 10-18 lead as the 14,345 in attendence fell quite in Twickenham.
With the clock winding down in the first half, Quins rallied and were rewarded with a kickable penalty. The captain James Horwill however, turned down the probable three points and instructed Smith to kick for the corner. With time up the clock Mat Luamanu powered over to close the gap to 17-18.
As the sun shun down on The Stoop John Kingston’s men flew out of the break and seemingly put the match to rest within an 18 minute span.
Firstly through Danny Care whose football skills saw him dribble over a loose ball from 20m out. The 50th Premiership try of his career .
Minutes later the scrum-half set up another as a trademark penalty quick tap led to Jamie Roberts bullying his way over from close range.
Finally, Charlie Walker wowed the crowd with a 40 metre dance through the Worcester defence en route to a stunning solo try and a 38-18 lead.
While the long serving Quins were scoring the five pointers it was the boot of the rookie Smith that proved to be the match winner. Five conversions and two penalties helped him to a perfect 6/6 on the afternoon, and it proved to be the difference maker.
With under a quarter of an hour to play Worcester scored three tries of their own to suddenly get back into the encounter. Dean Hammond’s first gave them a try bonus point before his second got them back took the score tp 41-28. When Jackson Willison dived over in the 78th minute he sealed a second bonus point but they wanted more.
Quins held on for the 41-35 victory, and while a bonus point win was all you could ask for, shipping in six tries was extremely disappointing.
The win however does see Quins move back into the Top 4 of the Aviva Premiership (even if only temporarily) as the league takes a fortnight break for the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Quins will face London rival Saracens next Sunday at Allianz Park before Worcester return for a cup battle in a fortnight’s time.
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