Tigers silenced by super Quins

Date published: January 12 2015

Harlequins outscored Leicester Tigers four tries to none to pick up a much-needed 32-12 victory in the Premiership on Saturday.

Early penalties from Owen Williams gave Tigers a good platform, but they failed to kick on from those nine points as Danny Care recorded the first try of the afternoon, with Ben Botica converting on a good afternoon from the kicker.

Jack Clifford fired a second just before the break, and the hosts came out firing in the second period with Marland Yarde sprinting over as the Tigers saw the game slip away.

Richard Cockerill’s side kept searching for the bonus point as the game wore on, but that was ripped away from them in the last minute when Tim Swiel went over to the joy of a packed home crowd.

Williams fired two penalties inside the opening few minutes to give Tigers the early advantage, and he made no mistake when presented with a third opportunity following Botica’s first score of the afternoon.

But from then on it was fairly straight forward for Quins, and they began their try scoring with Care.

He was presented with a perfect pass from Nick Easter following a counter attack forward, and made no mistake, much like Botica who converted the try to see the London side take the lead, one they never relinquished.

On the brink of half-time, they stretched that scoreline with a second try, courtesy of Clifford. A quick penalty from Care allowed Clifford to stretch over the line much to the joy of a sold-out home crowd, Botica again adding the extra two points.

A third Quins try came not long after half-time, this time from Marland Yarde. Nick Easter burst forward after Harlequins stole the ball, and Yarde had the run of the park as he sprinted over unopposed.

Once again, Botica converted in a good afternoon for the number 10. He added a further three points with a penalty, whilst Williams narrowed the score to 13 with one of his own. But as Tigers searched for a bonus point, Swiel took it away from them and ensured his side would be the ones with all points.

Swiel went over (and subsequently converted) after Mike Brown had found space for himself on the wing right on the brink of full-time, as Quins recorded a memorable victory in front of over 14,000.

The scorers:

For Harlequins:
Tries: Care, Clifford, Yarde, Swiel
Cons: Botica 2, Swiel
Pens: Botica 2

For Leicester:
Pens: Williams 4

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 George Lowe, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Jack Clifford, 5 George Robson, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler (c).
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Will Collier, 19 Sam Twomey, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Tom Williams.

Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Ben Youngs (c), 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Seremaia Bai.

Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank, Paul Dix
TMO: Geoff Warren