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Match report: Harlequins 45 Worcester Warriors 37

12 Nov 2017
Match report: Harlequins 45 Worcester Warriors 37

Dean Hammond scored a hat-trick but it was not enough as Harlequins had too much for Worcester Warriors on their way to a 45-37 Anglo-Welsh Cup victory at the Stoop.

Harlequins ran in seven tries in all, overcoming an early Hammond try, to make it two wins from two in the competition to date.

Hammond had got Worcester started quickly, crossing after just two minutes, but Harlequins hit back with scores from Tim Visser and Mat Luamanu.

Max Stelling’s effort made it 15-12 to the visitors just before the half-hour but Harlequins finished the first half the stronger with tries from Harry Sloan and James Chisholm to lead 26-15 at the break.

Hammond started the second half as he had the first, but again the home side responded with tries from Dino Lamb and James Lang to stretch the lead to 38-22.

Ben Howard then got the bonus-point score for Worcester, only for Alofa Alofa to immediately hit back for the home side.

Yet it was fitting that Hammond should have the final say, completing his hat-trick nine minutes from time, although Sam Olver’s missed conversion meant that Worcester did not take a losing bonus point in addition their try-bonus.

For Harlequins it was a second impressive win in the competition following last week’s success at Saracens, and leaves them in a strong position at the halfway stage in the competition.

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