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MATCH REPORT: Harlequins 26, London Irish 30

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Harlequins 26, London Irish 30

It was motion underneath the Wednesday evening lights for the newest London derby conflict between Harlequins and London Irish, as the 2 sides battled it out in Spherical 1 of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

It was the Exiles who dented the scoreboard first, debutant Patrick Harrison shoving his means over the attempt line from the again of a rolling maul. A penalty in the course of the pitch gave Rory Jennings the possibility to kick to the nook, and the ahead pack did the remainder. Jennings’ conversion effort was missed, however Irish took an early 0-5 lead.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the Exiles grabbed their second of the evening. Italy worldwide Luca Morisi burst down the wing earlier than passing inside to Michael Dykes and the winger sprinted 20 meters to dot down. This time, Jennings’ conversion sailed by means of, and the fly-half prolonged the result in 0-12.

With 10 minutes on the clock, Hugh O’Sullivan received his flip to slip over for 5 factors. Jennings made the preliminary break to take Irish into the guests’ 22m, earlier than a neat offload from the ground to O’Sullivan, with the latter strolling to the road. The conversion was missed, however the 0-17 scoreboard mirrored what was a powerful opening 10 minutes for the younger Exiles facet.

Harlequins then threatened by means of Cassius Cleaves, however a courageous last-ditch sort out from full-back Logan Trotter halted the assault, with Irish successful a scrum following a knock on.

The hosts loved a considerable period of time with the ball in hand and began to use strain on the Exiles’ attempt line. However, to their credit score, the Irish protection held agency to forestall Harlequins getting their first factors of the sport.

Nevertheless, some minutes later, the strain ultimately rewarded Harlequins with their first attempt of the night as Jonny Inexperienced powered over from shut vary. After Will Edwards’ profitable conversion, the deficit was reduce to 7-17.

A handful of tightly contested phases of performs then adopted, however on the half-time whistle it remained 7-17 in London Irish’s favor.

Like within the first half, it was Irish who had been the primary group to register factors within the second half. A penalty in entrance of the posts was popped by means of by Jennings to increase the Exiles’ lead by three after Harlequins had been penalized for not rolling away from a sort out.

The primary attempt of the second half went to Will Edwards after some fast ft from the Harlequins’ fly-half. Edwards transformed his personal attempt to reduce the result in 14-20.

Irish had been fast to reply with their fourth and bonus level attempt! Ben Atkins broke down the wing earlier than passing inside to Trotter. The total-back delayed his 2 v 1 cross to perfection and Harmes fended off the final masking defender to slip over. After the profitable conversion, Irish’s lead was pushed to 14-27.

Sturdy operating from Trotter and Tom Hitchcock pushed Irish near the Harlequins attempt line, however the hosts slowed down the play illegally. Jennings slotted the ensuing penalty by means of the uprights and the Exiles led 14-30 with 18 minutes to play.

Solely a matter of moments later, Sam Riley rating within the nook for the hosts. The alternative hooker slipped off from a rolling maul to the touch down near the whitewash. The conversion was missed, so the lead was reduce to 19-30.

Irish had been then caught on the again foot simply minutes later, with the hosts reacting faster to an unclaimed highball. Cleaves was the person to seize the free ball and sprinted clear to attain. The conversion was made, and, in a flash, the lead was lowered to a four-point hole.

With 10 minutes to go, the sport was hanging within the stability.

Quins pressured within the Exiles ‘half, however Hitchcock sniped in midfield to intercept and dash off into the hosts’ 22m. The ensuing cross was gathered by Harlequins, however, importantly, it relieved strain.

Irish secured the victory after a knock on from Quins allowed Hugh O’Sullivan to punt the ball gently into the stands and produce a near what was a frenetic 80 minutes of Premiership Rugby Cup motion!

Rating sequence (London Irish second): 0-5, 0-12, 0-17, 7-17, 7-20, 14-20, 14-27, 14-30, 19-30, 26-30

Harlequins: Tries: Inexperienced (31) Edwards (53) Riley (65) Cleaves (68) Conversions: Edwards (32) (54) (68)

London Irish: Tries: Harrison (5), Dykes (7), O’Sullivan (10), Harmes (56) Conversions: Jennings (8), (57) Penalties: Jennings (46), (62),

Harlequins:
15 Connor Slevin, 14 Ross Chisholm, 13 Hayden Hyde (Benson, 33), 12 Bryn Bradley, 11 Cassius Cleaves, 10 Will Edwards, 9 Jack Stafford, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta (Fin Baxter, 53), 2 Jack Musk (Sam riley , 53), 3 Rhys Litterick (Will Hobson, 53), 4 Charlie Matthews (c), 5 Jonny Inexperienced, 6 Zach Carr (Smith, 60), 7 Will Trenholm, 8 Viliami Taulani.

Replacements:
16 Sam Riley, 17 Fin Baxter, 18 Will Hobson, 19 Tom Golder, 20 Jonny Smith, 21 Jake Murray, 22 Jamie Benson, 23 Conor Oresanya.

London Irish:
15 Logan Trotter, 14 Alex Harmes (Walsh, 60), 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Tom Hitchcock, 11 Michael Dykes (Bradbury, 62), 10 Rory Jennings, 9 Hugh O’Sullivan, 1 Tarek Haffar (Parker, 62), 2 Patrick Harrison (Scott, 62), 3 Mikey Summerfield (Fasogbon, 76), 4 Ed Scragg (Chapman, 66), 5 Chunya Munga, 6 Jack Cooke (c), 7 Isaac Curtis-Harris (Moore-Aiono, 57), 8 Ben Atkins.

Replacements:
16 Calum Scott, 17 Jamie Jack, 18 Afo Fasogbon, 19 Hallam Chapman, 20 Izaiha Moore-Aiono, 21 Ollie Allan, 22 Monty Bradbury, 23 Jack Walsh.

Referee: Mr Joe James

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