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Ugo Monye leads the way as Premiership champions Harlequins topple London Welsh
Defending champions Harlequins were at their clinical best as they thumped Aviva Premiership new-boys London Welsh 40-3.
Quins, fresh from their dramatic comeback win over Wasps in the opening weekend, never looked back from a lightning start.
The Exiles had barely touched the ball in the opening exchanges as Conor O'Shea's side stormed into a 14-0 lead - and although they gradually settled, there was never any danger of a Quins-esque fightback.
In fact Welsh were guilty of committing too many players to the breakdown, while they lacked the cutting edge to break down Quins.
Ugo Monye, back in the side after missing the 42-40 victory over Wasps through injury, led the way for the hosts with two tries, while George Robson (2), George Lowe and Ben Botica also crossed.
Fly-half Nick Evans, who is weighing up offers to move to France and Japan when his contract expires in the spring, added five conversions.
Welsh, for whom Gavin Henson cannot return soon enough, managed just a penalty from former Scotland No.10 Gordon Ross.
And the yellow carding of the Romania prop Paulica Ion and then full-back Tom Arscott rubbed salt into the Welsh wounds.
Harlequins made the perfect start to the match when Robson crossed with ease after three minutes, with Jordan Turner-Hall having made the initial hard yards. Evans converted.
Worse was to follow for the visitors as the Welsh defence was again dragged in by a series of Quins drives, creating the space for Monye to stroll over. Evans added the extras to make it 14-0 after eight minutes.
Despite the early setback, the Exiles began to string the phases together and settle into the game - with Arscott, Neil Briggs and Hudson Tonga'uiha looking a threat.
A big hit from Tonga'uiha on Monye underlined the improvement and Welsh were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty through Ross.
However a mistake from Joe Ajuwa opened the door for Quins again, with Monye crossing untouched once again as the Exiles defence went missing. Evans added his third conversion of the night.
The second half continued in the same vain with Quins quickly onto the front foot - and Welsh's hopes were not helped by Ion's sin-bin.
And Quins finally clinched the bonus point as Robson claimed the try after Mike Brown was initially held up over the line. Evans converted.
Lowe added the fifth try as he collected Brown's little chip ahead, with Evans making no mistake with the extras.
Welsh were forced to finish the game with 14 men when Arscott was yellow carded with five minutes left - and Quins took full advantage as Botica scored on his debut.
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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