Harlequins lose away to Bristol in the Premiership Shield

Sunday, 2nd December 2018 @ 17:00

Tries from Nick Auterac, Max Coyle and Charlie Walker were unfortunately not enough to gain their side victory at Clifton RFC, as Quins suffer their second defeat of this year’s campaign, 26 points to 22

The hosts started fast in the first half, putting Quins under pressure in the opening minutes with some excellent tactical kicking from fly-half Tiff Eden, forcing his side into the opposition 22. After winning the ball at the lineout, Bristol spread it wide and ran in the match’s first try at the 12-minute mark. With the conversion slotted, they now led by seven-points.

The home side soon followed this up with their second score at 16 minutes. With the extras again added, Bristol had amassed a 14-point lead.

Eager to respond, the visitors ramped up their intensity in attack and were soon rewarded for their efforts with a try from prop Nick Auterac on 26 minutes, assisted by a clean break from scrum-half Niall Saunders. With Ross Chisholm stepping up to nail the conversion, Quins were now back within a converted score, 7-14.

Seven minutes later, the away side won a penalty in the Bristol 22 and Chisholm stepped up to narrow the gap to four.

Then, on the 36 minute-mark, fullback Charlie Walker broke out of his own 22, passed to Chisholm at halfway who then managed to offload to Max Coyle who crossed the whitewash for a dramatic try. With the extras again added by Chisholm, Quins led by 17 points to 14.

Both sides came out in the second half with a lot of attacking intent, but it was the home side who struck first with a converted score at the 57-minute mark to regain the lead, 19 points to 17.

Quins soon responded, however, with a try of their own thanks to a brilliant solo effort from Walker. Even with the conversion missed, Quins were up by three as the match entered the final quarter.

Unfortunately, Bristol responded with another try to ultimately clinch the contest in the 72nd minute by 26 points to 22.

Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith ahead of our Gallagher Premiership match against Worcester Warriors.

Harlequins Ladies will look to make history and break the record attendance for a women's club rugby match in this country when they face Gloucester Hartpury in The Game Changer: an annual celebration of the women’s game at The Stoop (Saturday 30th M

Forwards Coach Alex Codling looks ahead to our home matches against both Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears.