Quins serve up a seven try Christmas Cracker. 31st December 2017


31st  DECEMBER  2017

Harlequins ran in seven tries at the home of Rugby in Big Game 10, as the hosts defeated Northampton Saints 50-21 in front of a crowd of over 77,000.

Quins had secured the bonus point try after just 31 minutes when Dave Ward, Charlie Walker, Tim Visser and Danny care all went over. Harlequins went into the break leading 31-0. Despite Quins being down to 14 men through James Chisholm’s yellow card, and the visitors scoring two tries during ten minutes, Harlequins ran out comfortable winners on a mild December afternoon.

Quins opened the scoring in the 11th minute following a wonderful offload from Kyle Sinckler, Dave Ward was on hand to burst through a big gap and cross. Marcus Smith added the extras to give Quins a flying start. The hosts thought they had scored a second try, but Tim Visser was denied by a wonderful last-ditch tackle from Jamie Gibson. By the half hour mark Quins had raced into a 31-0 lead after Walker went over in the 19th minute. Two minutes later a perfect Smith kick found Visser who went over in the corner, on his 50th appearance for Quins. The Try bonus point was secured when Care wriggled over to seal an impressive opening 40 minutes for the home side.

A rampant Quins continued the scoring inside three minutes of the restart when a looping pass from Smith fell into the hands of Visser who grabbed his second try of the afternoon.  Saints finally got themselves back into the game shortly afterwards when Chisholm was shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock on. Saints capitalised on this by going over twice thanks to Rob Horne and Nick Groom. There was still time for Harlequins to score another couple of tries when care crossed for his 50th try in Quins colours and Matt Luamanu touched down with 11 minutes remaining. The last action of the afternoon belonged to Saints when Mike Haywood went over following a driving maul. But the afternoon belonged to harlequins who got back to winning ways again whilst the problems continue to mount up for Northampton, who suffered their 11th consecutive defeat in all competitions.

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