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Match Reaction: Harlequins 45 Worcester Warriors 37

Match Reaction: Harlequins 45 Worcester Warriors 37

Harlequins made it ten points from ten in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as they came out on top in a 13-try thriller against Worcester Warriors at the Stoop.

Following their one-point win over Saracens, Harlequins took this one 45-37 with both teams showing their attacking intent, and Dean Hammond even scoring a hat-trick in a losing cause.

It was a remarkably similarly story to the two sides’ Aviva Premiership Rugby clash at the same ground last month, that Quins also won by a narrow margin 41-35.

Man of the Match – Dean Hammond (Worcester Warriors)

It’s rare to go with a player on the losing side, but Dean Hammond showed his finishing ability again with a hat-trick for the Warriors.

He got things started after just two minutes, and added a second five minutes into the second half as Warriors tried to mount a fightback.

And the South African, who can play in the centres or on the wing, rounded off the scoring nine minutes from time as Worcester tried to snatch an unlikely victory.

Try of the Match

Plenty of contenders but we’ll go for Max Stelling’s score just before the half-hour. It came from a brilliant cross-kick by Sam Olver which the returning Ben Howard collected. He then raced forward before feeding Stelling for the run-in as Worcester retook the lead.

Moment of the Match

Marcus Smith has been one of the revelations of the season and the 18-year-old showed another part of his game as Harlequins were hit by a succession of injuries. With replacement Niall Saunders forced off after 51 minutes, Smith was introduced at scrum-half alongside James Lang. He acquitted himself well in the unfamiliar position, finishing the game at nine.

What they said:

Harlequins fly-half James Lang said:

“It was a hell of a game with a lot of points scored. We knew we had to back up last weekend with a performance this weekend. We did that, we got the win and ten points out of the two games so we couldn’t have asked for more.

“It’s always good to get game time, it’s what this competition is about. We need to take this momentum into next weekend against Exeter.”

Worcester winger Ben Howard said:

“It was very open and very fast and free-flowing. It was really good fun.

“On a first game back it was good to be involved in a game like that. It blows away the cobwebs.

“Quins are always the sort of side who although they are very attacking, they do leave themselves open and two out of the last three games have been here so it’s been good.”

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