Care hails Quins’ tight five after win

Date published: November 13 2015

Harlequins captain Danny Care hailed his tight five for sticking to their task in Thursday's 41-18 Challenge Cup win over Montpellier at The Stoop.

Montpellier prop Mikheil Nariashvili dominated at scrum-time during the opening quarter and the visitors raced into a 9-0 lead.

Nariashvili received a yellow card during the first half, however and Quins were soon rewarded when Luke Wallace and Nick Easter crossed for tries during the opening period, and they continued to dominate after the interval.

"We wanted to play and throw the ball around, but the heavens opened and we had to change things a bit," said Care.

"We showed great character to get back into it and the front five were superb."

Quins second-row Charlie Matthews led the charge up fron and was rewarded with the Man-of-the-Match award for his efforts.

Matthews and hooker Dave Ward topped the tackle count with 15 hits each and the lock and also won five line-outs to complete a fine all-round effort.

"We were under the cosh a bit at the start and it was a great effort by the front five to get back into the game," said Matthews.

"We had been practising our driving maul for hours this week and it was good to get the reward.

"We always play every game like a cup final and we get licence from the coaches to throw the ball about. We are all now massively looking forward to going to Cardiff to play the Blues next week on their plastic pitch."