Premiership: Harlequins score nine tries in 59-24 win over Gloucester

Harlequins are aiming to alter into the Premiership champions for the significant time since 2011-12
Harlequins: (24) 59
Tries: Northmore 2, Brown, Murley, Care 2, Green, Dombrandt 2. Cons: Smith 4, Herron 3.
Gloucester: (7) 24
Tries: Chapman 2, Clarke. Cons: Barton 3. Pen: Barton.

Harlequins scored 9 tries to thrash Gloucester 59-24 at Twickenham Slump.

Tries from Luke Northmore, Mike Brown, Cadan Murley and Danny Care secured the bonus level and gave Quins a 24-0 lead.

Alternatively, Gloucester levelled the game after two Charlie Chapman tries and one from Freddie Clarke, but Quins pulled clear all but again with Care scoring his 2d attempt to Tyrone Green his first.

Matt Banahan used to be despatched off for the visitors and Alex Dombrandt (two) and Northmore added extra Quins rankings.

Gloucester tried to yell a bonus level gradual on, but were denied a fourth are attempting by the home defence.

Quins are third within the Premiership, seven sides within the benefit of leaders Bristol, who play at Northampton on Sunday, whereas Gloucester end 11th after backside-of-the-table Worcester were beaten 47-22 by Bath.

Banahan had been despatched off for allege head contact when making a take care of, a spot that saw him need some medical therapy on the pitch, and 14-man Gloucester conceded three tries gradual on as Quins registered their largest elevate of the season.

The hosts, beaten 21-20 by reigning champions Exeter Chiefs a week ago, looked to dangle wrapped up the game up after 26 minutes after Northmore dived over within the nook, a mushy ride from Andre Esterhuizen ended in Brown extending their lead, Murley ran in unchallenged for the third and Care finished off a mushy passing breeze.

Alternatively, the visitors, fielding 12 changes from the facet that lost 20-14 at home to Leicester on 13 March, did organize to receive on the scoresheet within the significant half of thanks to Chapman’s are attempting below the posts.

Quins led 24-7 at half of-time, but started to build costly errors early within the 2d length.

A George Barton penalty decrease their advantage and Quins idea they had scored all but again, following Marcus Smith’s kick through, nonetheless it used to be ruled out as a end result of Green used to be offside.

Clarke reached over to drag Gloucester cease and a misplaced Quins pass enabled Chapman to ride through for his 2d attempt to build it 24-24.

But the impressive Northmore settled Quins’ nerves as he save of abode up Care to revive the home facet’s lead and Green’s are attempting, which saw him in ride in from the flank after a gratifying one-handed pass from Esterhuizen, gave Gloucester a huge job.

It purchased even more challenging for them when Banahan used to be pushed apart after he used to be judged to dangle led along with his head whereas tackling Green. Worryingly, Banahan remained on the ground for a pair of minutes, but used to be then ready to receive to his toes and walked off the area after being despatched off.

With 14 men, Gloucester’s defence fell apart as they conceded three tries within the closing 10 minutes, two to Quins captain Dombrandt and one more for Northmore.

Quins ‘purchased sloppy’ – reaction

Harlequins attack and backs coach Prick Evans: “We nearly started too smartly, going 24-0 up after 20 minutes or so, then we purchased sloppy.

“We stopped working on the non-glamourous stuff, which used to be disappointing for us a neighborhood, and we let them advantage into the game in a length after half of-time – and we factual can not dangle that.

“That goes to cost us games, them scoring off the benefit of three penalties in a row and then an intercept.

“What used to be very mushy used to be the vogue we wrestled it advantage and then in actuality dominated the closing third of the game, in opposition to a unimaginative defence.

“It’s miles the vogue we would prefer to play, the vogue we feel we can beat teams through our attack, which supplies our defence energy.

“Overall, we would declare that we were a bit sloppy, but additionally that we created a entire bunch alternatives and ended up with 9 tries.”

Gloucester head coach George Skivington: “I wouldn’t debate that or no longer it’s miles a crimson card or the relaxation, below the licensed pointers, but we enact appear to be falling on the despicable facet of choices lately.

“I am no longer going to argue either diagram, I factual judge that if we stop every incident in a rugby recreation, there would be no person left on the pitch.

“If I idea there used to be a spot with our personality then I would cry and cry a bit of bit, but in actuality I idea the boys worked unbelievably onerous.

“Those younger lads that came on, the energy they brought, it wasn’t necessarily dependable, nonetheless it used to be energetic.

“They played rugby collectively as childhood and apart from they’re rising smartly.

“That is their publicity, that’s their finding out, so there may be no level in getting too down or screaming and shouting about it.

“I would dangle most traditional to dangle nicked the bonus level, nonetheless it wasn’t to be.”

Harlequins: Brown; Green, Northmore, Esterhuizen, Murley; Smith, Care; Els, Grey, Kerrod, Symons, Lamb, Chisholm, Evans, Dombrandt (capt)

Replacements: Stanley 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, Marler, Louw, Young, Lawday, Landajo, Herron Tapuai

Gloucester: Sharples; Seabrook, Trinder, Banahan, Morris; Barton, Chapman; Rapava-Ruskin, Hunt, Balmain, Garvey (capt), Atkins, Clarke, Clement, B Morgan

Replacements: Gleave, Seville, Ford-Robinson, Thomas, Howard, Jones, Marsh, A Morgan

Despatched off: Banahan (69)

Referee: Ian Tempest

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