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Worcester Warriors 26 Harlequins 42

20 Apr 2013
Worcester Warriors 26 Harlequins 42

Harlequins claimed maximum points to book their place in the Aviva Premiership semi-final and keep alive hopes of a home tie with victory at Worcester Warriors.

Both Danny Care – on his 100th Aviva Premiership appearance – and Nick Evans scored two tries apiece for the reigning champions as the Quins collected a bonus point with a 26-42 victory at Sixways.

The Warriors, in their first match since the departure of Richard Hill, twice led in the first period, and managed to keep in touch for the majority of the game, but they eventually fell to a 12th straight defeat against Conor O’Shea’s men.

Tom Williams and Mike Brown also crossed for Quins, after Chris Pennell had given the hosts an early lead, Alex Grove also scoring.

The Warriors had started in the ascendancy and deservedly put the first points on the board when Pennell, making his 100th appearance for the club, finished off a fine move with a lung-busting run to the try-line from all of 40 metres out.

Prop Matt Mullan turned over possession and Andy Goode, in his final home appearance for the Warriors ahead of a summer move to London Wasps, was found in space. He released Josh Drauniniu and the winger fed Pennell to race away from and open the scoring, with Goode adding the extras.

Quins had showed little as an attacking threat by this point, but in the 15th minute Evans kicked a penalty to get the visitors on the scoreboard.

And Evans soon had his team in front after an attack in which the Warriors missed several tackles; the fly-half diving over from close range before adding the conversion from dead centre for a 7-10 lead.

Goode brought the sides back level with a penalty in the 20th minute and two minutes later another Goode penalty had his side in front once more.

Care showed his England class in the 29th minute, fooling the Warriors defence with his quick feet and even quicker thinking, and he found Williams in space for the winger to saunter into the corner for a 13-15 lead.

Evans was unable to add the extras from a tight angle, and also missed another conversion attempt eight minutes later after Care added to his earlier assist with his first try.

Goode brought the Warriors back to within four points of the visitors with a late penalty making it 16-20 at the break, following an entertaining first period.

And the hosts had clearly been lifted by Goode’s penalty as they started the second half on the attack and were soon back in front.

Still in the first minute after the break Pennell made another brilliant break, this time from around 60 metres out, beating four Quins players and the ball was relayed to Grove and he crashed over, Goode adding the extras.

And the former England international made it 26-20 with a cool penalty after Quins were penalised for being offside just inside the 22-metre line.

In a game in which neither side was letting the other gain control, Quins were once again indebted to the in-form Care when he restored their lead with a 49th minute try, though Evans was again off target from the conversion.

The Kiwi found his kicking boots to put his side ahead at 26-28 with a 54th-minute penalty.

Evans got his second try to give his side some breathing space when he fortunately held onto Joe Carlisle’s attempted clearance and ran in from close range, before adding the extras.

Brown completed the scoring, with Evans converting his 71st minute try.

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