The Stat Pack - Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs

Monday, 3rd December 2018 @ 13:00

Take a closer look at the best statistics from Friday night's win over Exeter Chiefs.

Friday night saw Harlequins defeat Exeter Chiefs in the league for the first time since May 2014 with a thrilling 28-26 win at The Stoop.

Quins led 13-5 at the break thanks to tries from captain James Chisholm and Nathan Earle. Jack Yeandle buried over for Chiefs early on in the second half before Earle hit back with his second try in the match.

Ollie Devoto then scored for Exeter to stay within touching distance but a Marcus Smith penalty and Joe Marchant try looked to have moved Quins out of sight. A late Ian Whitten try ensured it was a nervy finish, but the home side held on to hand Chiefs their first defeat in the league this season.

Team Statistics

Quins dominated the stats when it came to possession (61%) and territory (63%) on Friday night, and made 510 metres compared to Exeter's 282.

In attack, Quins made 13 clean breaks (compared to Chiefs' three), beat 38 defenders (Chiefs, 11) and made 14 offloads (Chiefs, 2).

Paul Gustard's side were perfect at the set-piece winning all seven of their scrums and all nine of their line outs, however they finished up on the wrong side of the ledger when it came to penalties conceded.

Quins were whistled 11 times compared to Chiefs who only conceded eight penalties, while both sides conceded 15 turnovers.

Player Statistics 

Alex Dombrandt continued his impressive form in a Harlequins shirt on Friday night and was named Man of the Match. The back rower made 14 carries, ten tackles, 57 metres, two clean breaks and beat seven defenders; more than any other player on the pitch.

In the forwards, James Chisholm put in a captain's performance, with nine tackles, nine carries, 33 metres and his first try of the season. Like Dombrandt, Chisholm also made two clean breaks while he beat six defenders on the night.

In the back three, both Mike Brown and Nathan Earle impressed, with the latter scoring two tries on the night to take his tally up to six for the season. Earle also made 61 metres off ten carries and beat four defenders with three clean breaks also to his name; more than any other player on the pitch.

Brown made 88 metres off 20 carries (top for both statistics), as well as beating three defenders and making three offloads; more than the whole Exeter team combined.

Harlequins will return to The Stoop on Saturday 15th December for Round 4 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup against Benetton (kick-off 14:00). Tickets for the match are available at and all junior tickets for the match cost just £10

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.