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Match Report: Harlequins 41 Worcester Warriors 35

28 Oct 2017
Match Report: Harlequins 41 Worcester Warriors 35

Danny Care inspired Harlequins to a bonus-point win over Worcester Warriors but they had to come from behind and then hang on in an 11-try thriller against the bottom side in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Marcus Smith’s early score had set Quins on their way but they were then caught cold by Jono Lance who set up three first-half tries for the Warriors at the Stoop – scored by David Denton, Perry Humphreys and Josh Adams.

But just before the interval Mat Luamanu got one back for Quins and they only trailed 18-17 on the resumption.

After the break, Care showed fine footballing skills to score his 50th career Premiership try and the England scrum half then set up Jamie Roberts for Quins’ fourth that secured their bonus point.

Charlie Walker’s excellent slaloming run wrapped up the victory, Quins’ second in a row at home in the league.

But the Warriors – who were wasteful from the kicking tee – did at least leave with two bonus points after replacement Dean Hammond went over for a double and then Jack Singleton barrelled over late on to make it a nervy finish.

The hosts came roaring out of the blocks after a difficult European fortnight, and Smith had forced his way over from close range inside four minutes.

The fly-half added the extras and the Stoop faithful would have been predicting a comfortable Saturday afternoon stroll against the league’s bottom side.

But Worcester – whose last away league win was also here back in March 2016 – then threw off the shackles and caught the hosts on the hop.

Lance was the man pulling the strings from fly-half, the recent Australian acquisition releasing David Denton for their first try in the left corner after Wynand Olivier’s initial break and offload.

Lance then weighted a perfect kick to the corner for Humphreys to go over in the right corner and while the former Western Force man missed both tough conversions, the Warriors were in front 10-7.

Smith slotted a penalty to then level the scores but that was cancelled out by Lance’s first points from the tee for a 13-10 lead.

And the Warriors were not done there in the first half, carving out a third try before the half hour mark when Lance’s quick hands allowed Adams to juggle and score from close range.

Again Lance missed with the conversion and Quins hit back on half time, turning down a penalty to go to the corner and Luamanu bursting over.

Smith’s extras made it only 18-17 to the visitors and after the break Care produced a fine score, dribbling a loose ball over the try line before dotting down after Quins had disrupted a Worcester scrum.

Still the Warriors kept coming, and Jonny Arr was only denied his side’s fourth by a superb Care covering tackle.

Arr departed injured soon after but Care went from strength to strength, backing up a clean break with a clever quick tap to let Roberts barge over down the left.

Quins now had the bonus point and Walker rubbed salt in the wound with a fine run from deep.

But Hammond gave the Warriors faithful a bonus point to take home to Sixways with his first and when he bagged a second and Singleton went over late on, replacement Tom Heathcote slotted the conversion to give them a second bonus point.