Saturday, 18th August 2018 @ 19:05
Glasgow inspired by Hastings and Matawalu as they score 50 points in friendly.
Harlequins suffered a disappointing 50-17 defeat against Glasgow Warriors in their second pre-season fixture on Saturday afternoon.
Two tries just before half-time and two early in the second half took the match away from a Quins side who were guilty of making too many errors.
Adam Hastings, son of Gavin, was only on the field for 15 minutes at the start of the second half but made a huge impact on the match, setting up Niko Matawalu for a show-stopping try and causing havoc in the Quins defence. Hastings left the field after 65 minutes with the score at 45-17 when there was no coming back for the visitors.
The friendly, played at a pop-up stadium in Perth in front of a crowd of almost 6,000, started brightly for Quins when Phil Swainston turned pressure into points when he went over for after nine minutes.
Renaldo Bothma, making a welcome return to the team, was imperious up front and first he, then Stan South made in-roads into the Warriors defence before Swainston burrowed over. Marcus Smith converted and Quins led 7-0.
Glasgow were soon back in it, though, when a scrum in front of the posts swiftly offered Paddy Kelly a chance to crash over in front of the posts after 20 minutes.
With the score at 7-7 a little piece of magic from Danny Care paved the way for another Quins try. His cute kick through found South who drove on and from the next phase Joe Marchant found Bothma who piled over.
Quins had been in the ascendancy in the scrum early on but Glasgow started to turn the screw on the half-hour mark and made their pressure tell when some good running from Brandon Thomson found Rory Hughes who finished well. Thomson’s conversion made it 12-12 but Warriors now had momentum and some loose Quins play soon finished with Smith being bundled over his own try line. Sustained Warriors pressure from the scrum resulted in a Matt Smith try and saw Warriors go into half-time with a 19-12 lead.
Hastings’ arrival for the second half seemed to give Warriors a boost and Alex Allan went over practically straight from kick-off. Hastings converted to make it 26-12 and Warriors continued to pile on the pressure until a loose Care pass found Nick Frisby who went over in the corner for 33-12.
There was a glimmer of hope for Quins when Smith made a clever interception just inside the Warriors half and ran through for a try which he could not convert. The score was 33-17 but Warriors came back strongly and from a rolling maul Kevin Bryce went over for a score soon after the re-start.
Then came Hastings’ moment of magic, putting Matawalu through for a try that got the crowd to their feet and put the game beyond any doubt. Matawalu sprinted through from a Ruaridh Jackson pass for another try with 10 minutes remaining to make it a half century of points for Warriors.
Afterwards, Quins’ Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “That is a very disappointing result for us. That wasn’t a good performance. We are Harlequins and that is not good enough. We made too many errors and those two tries just before half-time and just after half-time killed us.
“The changing room is very disappointed and there are a lot of lessons to learn. We need to show more fight, we need to show more urgency and I’m sure we’ll get a good response next week.”
Harlequins face Ealing Trailfinders on Friday 24th August at The Stoop in their final pre-season fixture before taking on Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday 1st September.
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