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- Aviva Premiership
- 17th Sep 2011
- KO 15:00
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 10,526
Three in a row for Quins
Bonus-point success for in-form Londoners
Harlequins crushed Gloucester 42-6 at the Stoop to maintain their winning start to the season.
In soggy conditions, the Quins pack out-muscled their opponents at the breakdown and in the setpiece, resulting in two pushover tries from the impressive young flanker Luke Wallace.
Quins were also classier behind the scrum with fly-half Nick Evans a constant threat and the slick passing in the backline leading to tries for wingers Sam Smith and Ugo Monye.
Replacement hooker Chris Brooker rounded off an impressive showing with a fifth try, as Quins claimed a third straight win of the season.
Quins took control with the classy Evans orchestrating the attack and quickly had the lead. The former All Blacks playmaker went down the short-side and soft hands from George Lowe put Brown in space and Smith finished off neat a move. Evans converted before adding a penalty to extend Quins' advantage.
The hosts' pack were also in the ascendancy and in a show of faith Evans turned down a kickable penalty to go for the corner. The decision was vindicated as Quins eventually made their way over the line and flanker Wallace emerged as the try-scorer.
With the clock ticking down to half-time Burns landed a long-range penalty to keep Gloucester in the hunt. But Evans immediately cancelled it out with a penalty of his own.
The Kiwi fly-half again took up his primary role of teasing Gloucester after the break and his dab through only just evaded the clutches of the charging Quins chasers under the posts.
Gloucester's cause was made more difficult ten minutes into the second half when openside Matt Cox was shown the yellow card for entering in the side of the ruck.
Although Evans missed with the resulting penalty, minutes later he ghosted through the Gloucester defence from off-the-top lineout ball and took Quins within ten metres of the try line. And quick ball allowed Quins to exploit the overlap on the right and Monye slid in at the corner. Evans added the extras.
Not to be outdone by the backs, Quins' pack again demonstrated their dominance over the Gloucester forwards with another push over try with Wallace again the man touching down.
Evans was again accurate with the kick as was his replacement, Rory Clegg, with a penalty moments later.
Gloucester's poor afternoon was complete with five minutes remaining when Brooker burst through the to score a fifth try for Quins and Clegg tagged on the conversion.
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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