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Match Report: Harlequins 28 Gloucester Rugby 17

09 Sep 2017
Match Report: Harlequins 28 Gloucester Rugby 17

Harlequins got their Aviva Premiership Rugby season up and running after battling past a spirited Gloucester Rugby 28-17 at Twickenham Stoop.

Tries from Dave Ward, Charlie Walker and Marland Yarde was good enough for Harlequins, who kept the visitors at arm’s length throughout the contest.

Defeat was a setback for Gloucester, who started the season in spectacular style with a thrilling 28-21 win over reigning champions Exeter last week.

Demetri Catrakilis and Billy Burns traded penalties in the opening exchanges at the Stoop, before the hosts’ fly-half was taken off injured after 15 minutes.

It was honours even until the half-hour mark, before Dave Ward broke Gloucester’s resolve after dotting down following smart build-up play by Harlequins.

Marcus Smith, on for Catrakilis, made amends for an earlier penalty miss by slotting home the conversion.

And John Kingston’s side stretched their advantage further on the stroke of half-time, as Walker crossed the whitewash after a breakaway following pressure from the Cherry & Whites. Smith again added the extras.

Gloucester had most of the territory in the early stages of the second half, and their pressure was rewarded when Freddie Clarke dashed through to score.

Burns made no mistake with the extras, moving Gloucester to within seven points as they looked to mount a comeback. However, Smith slotted three more to give Harlequins breathing space.

Smith added another penalty for the hosts with 15 left on the clock, and the contest was put beyond doubt shortly afterwards when England wing Yarde crossed the whitewash.

Jacob Rowan added a second try for the visitors in the dying moments, with Billy Twelvetrees adding two more from the tee.