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Match Reaction: Harlequins 36 Worcester Warriors 14

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John Kingston admitted some words were needed at half-time for Harlequins to put Worcester Warriors to the sword in Aviva Premiership Rugby at The Stoop.

Visitors Worcester were causing their hosts some problems in the first half and went into the interval locked at 7-7 after Jackson Willison’s converted try cancelled out Danny Care’s opener.

But Harlequins were much improved after the break and James Horwill and Mike Brown struck early in the second half to give Kingston’s side some breathing space.

Ben Te’o went over for Worcester but Joe Marchant brought up the try bonus point for Harlequins before Tim Visser finished off proceedings in the final minute of the game for a 36-14 victory.

“We scored very early on but we got too ambitious and impatient on the ball and defensively we weren’t as intense as we can be and being just one per cent off at this level can be enough,” Kingston said.

“I got some messages across at half-time and thereafter we moved skilfully through the gears and by the end we looked a really good side.”

 

However, there were concerns for England prop Kyle Sinckler who was replaced late on at tighthead by Will Collier.

Kingston added: “It’s an arm injury with slight damage. It only happened last Saturday and it’s not major but we erred on the side of caution by leaving him out.”

As for Worcester, who won in Aviva Premiership Rugby at the Stoop last season, they remain second bottom of the table.

And head coach Carl Hogg was left rueing a slow start to the second half.

“We were unfortunate. Harlequins came out very well in the second half and scored two quick tries,” Hogg said.

“In the first half we were very competitive and we put Quins under some pressure but the game got away from us in the second period.

 

“We’re disappointed to give away some soft tries but admittedly we picked up some interceptions too. But again it’s those two quick tries which has changed the course of the game.

“I think it would have been interesting if we could have taken advantage of having an extra man towards the end of the first half. But credit is due to Quins for preventing us and then going on to win the game.”

 

Harlequins: Brown; Yarde, Marchant (Alofa 70), Stanley, Visser; Evans (Swiel 70), Care; Marler (Lambert 75), Buchanan (Gray 60), Collier (Jones 75), Matthews (Luamanu 59), Horwill, Robshaw, Wallace (Ward 65), J Chisholm.

Replacements not used: Dickson,

Worcester: Shillcock; Pennell, Willison, Te’o, Hammond (Adams 60); Lamb (Olivier 68), Arr; Rapava Ruskin (Leleimalefaga 48), Bregvadze (Annett 59), Schonert (Johnston 49), O’Callaghan, Barry, Faosiliva, Kirwan (Potgieter 60), Dowson

Replacements not used: Hewitt, Baldwin

 

Harlequins

Tries: Care, Horwill, Brown, Marchant, Visser

Conversions: Evans 3, Swiel

Penalties: Evans

Worcester Warriors

Tries: Willison, Te’o

Conversions: Shillcock 2

 

Referee: Luke Pearce

Attendance: 14,816

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