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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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|Saturday 6th September|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 20th September|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Sunday 26th October|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 1st November|
|15:00||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 8th November|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 15th November|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Sale|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 6th December|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
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