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Match Reaction: Harlequins 35 Scarlets 7

Match Reaction: Harlequins 35 Scarlets 7

Harlequins are now just one point away from an Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final on home soil after they made it three wins from three in the competition by beating the Scarlets.

They scored five tries in all in the 35-7 success, with a half-back pairing that was a mix of experience and youth pulling the strings.

Henry Cheeseman got the ball rolling and Dave Lewis added a second as they led 14-0 at half-time.

Archie White added number three early in the second half, with James Lang grabbing the bonus point to go with his five conversions.

Scarlets did pull one back through Bryce Morgan, but that was cancelled out in the final seconds by Ross Chisholm.

A point next week at Northampton Saints will guarantee Harlequins a place in the semi-final.

Man of the match – Dave Lewis

When Danny Care is first choice at your club, it is not easy being a scrum-half, but Dave Lewis has bided his time and stepped up when given the opportunity on Saturday.

The former Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs nine scored one try and played a major hand in two more, while combining well with fly-half partner James Lang.

With Harlequins set to be without Care for the Six Nations period, this fine form from Lewis comes at the perfect moment.

Moment of the match – Sam Twomey

While there were plenty of eye-catching moments on the pitch, the highlight for many has to be the return to action of Sam Twomey.

The second row had been a real prospect for Harlequins before an injury kept him out for over a year. Now back from that foot problem, he came on for Stan South to a wave of applause. Twomey will be looking to make up for lost time.

Try of the match – Ross Chisholm

Harlequins’ victory was in large part founded on a dominant performance up front, but while they were able to score four tries in that way, Ross Chisholm had the final say as he pounced on a ball in open play and then showed his pace to sprint over.

What they said

Harlequins head coach Mark Mapletoft:

“We brought Dave Lewis here because of his experience at Gloucester and Exeter. He is a seasoned operator at scrum-half and you need that through these periods when Danny Care is away (with England). We have been very fortunate Danny has maintained his health and has been playing outstandingly well but it is good to have Dave back as well. I am pleased for him and James Lang, at fly-half, is maturing and growing all the time now he is stringing a few games together. His versatility at 10 and 12 will be a real positive going forward.”

Scarlets Anglo-Welsh coach Euros Evans:

“I think defensively they controlled us for large parts of the game especially in the first half when we did not get much go forward. That stopped us really getting our attacking structures going but they outmuscled us a bit when we had the ball.

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