Harlequins late show stuns Gloucester

Date published: March 4 2017

A late revival from Harlequins helped them stun Gloucester 30-27 in an entertaining Premiership clash at Kingsholm on Saturday.

James Lang’s last-gasp penalty completed a dramatic turnaround in the 80th minute.

Charlie Sharples’ try gave the Cherry and Whites an early 7-0 advantage but Quins responded to lead by the interval thanks to Tim Visser and Charlie Mulchrone efforts.

Billy Burns and Tim Swiel also added a conversion and a penalty apiece in the first half before the hosts took control in the early stages of the second 40 minutes.

David Halaifonua touched down and Sharples went over for another as they opened up a nine-point buffer.

Burns then made it 27-15 in the last quarter and the match appeared over, but James Chisholm’s try meant a tense finale was in store.

And John Kingston’s men duly completed the comeback late on when James’ brother, Ross, levelled matters and Lang kicked a three-pointer in the final minute.

Following Northampton’s victory last night, both these sides ideally needed a win to maintain their league ambitions, but it was the hosts that started the brighter. A sweeping move, which went through several pairs of hands, resulted in Sharples crossing the whitewash for a 7-0 lead.

Quins responded via Scotland international Visser, who went over in the corner, before Mulchrone scored a brilliant second for the Londoners. Ross Chisholm and Joe Marchant were heavily involved and it was the full-back that supplied the decisive pass as the scrum-half touched down to the left of the uprights.

Burns and Swiel then traded three-pointers towards the end of the first half, but it was the visitors that went into the break ahead.

That soon changed through Halaifonua’s effort early in the second period before excellent work by Jacob Rowan allowed Sharples to complete his brace.

Gloucester’s fly-half then added a penalty as a shell-shocked Quins went into the final quarter 12 points down.

However, they regained their composure to put the Cherry and Whites under duress, pressure which resulted in Richard Hibbard being yellow carded.

With the West Countrymen notoriously flaky, Harlequins benefited from the hooker’s absence as the Chisholm brothers levelled proceedings before Lang slotted the winning points off the tee.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Sharples, Halaifonua 2
Cons: Burns 3
Pens: Burns 2
Yellow Card: Hibbard

For Harlequins:
Tries: Visser, Mulchrone, J Chisholm, R Chisholm
Cons: Swiel, Lang
Pens: Swiel, Lang

Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 David Halaifonua, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (c), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Lewis Ludlow, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Sione Kalamafoni, 21 Callum Braley, 22 James Hook, 23 Henry Trinder

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Matt Hopper, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Charlie Mulchrone, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Dave Ward (c), 6 James Chisholm, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Mark Lambert
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Stan South, 20 George Naoupu, 21 Luc Jones, 22 James Lang, 23 Alofa Alofa

Referee: Greg Garner
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal, Matthew O’Grady
TMO: Trevor Fisher