Premiership Rugby Shield Review: Harlequins star against Bristol Bears
Harlequins put in a blistering second-half performance to dispatch the Bristol Bears 59-21 at Twickenham Stoop.
The score was tied at 14-14 at the break after a great deal of pressure having been put on the Harlequins defence and the game remained there for the taking in the second half, with Bristol putting up a resilient display.
But Quins struck with two tries shortly before the hour mark and when Bristol began to tire as the game wore on the gaps opened in their defence. Four tries inside the final ten minutes including a second for Alex Dombrandt finished off what was in the end a resounding victory for Harlequins.
👌 Start at fullback
👊 Slots in at fly-half
👏 Nails six conversions
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) September 11, 2018
They now travel to Bath United, a game Quins will see as the chance to pick up three wins on the bounce against a side who were beaten 50-35 at the hands of Exeter Braves at Sandy Park.
A slick first-half display saw Exeter 31-0 up at the break with good performances from Italian Michele Campagnaro who scored two tries, and England international Jack Nowell who came back into the side to improve Exeter’s attack.
Bath put up a spirited display in the second half and threatened a comeback at one stage before two tries from Exeter’s Joe Snow and Ruaridh McConnochie closed out the game for the Braves.
Elsewhere, perhaps the game of the week was at Ivor Preece Field where Wasps took on Newcastle Falcons.
With just 25 minutes to play and a 17-point lead, Wasps seemed to have the game sown up. But the Falcons fought back valiantly to take the lead with just a few minutes remaining, before Taju Atta scored his second try of the game to seal a narrow, scintillating 39-36 win over Newcastle.
Worcester Cavaliers picked up their first victory of the season after being behind for much of the game, winning 32-26 to condemn the Leicester Tigers to a second successive defeat.
Gloucester continued their dismal start to the season at Kingsholm, following up their opening day 61-14 defeat to Harlequins with a 41-12 loss to Saracens Storm.