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Quins Maul Tigers to Extend Unbeaten Start
International players can't return soon enough for some
Posted Oct 11, 2011 by Chris White
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Harlequins maintained their unbeaten record and position at the top of the Aviva Premiership with a 27-18 victory against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, their first victory at the ground since 1997. The defeat was Leicester’s fifth of the season as they struggle to cope without their international stars.
Boris Stankovich went over in the opening minutes for Leicester, but Sam Smith and Seb Stegmann crossed for Quins, all within the first ten minutes of the match. Scott Hamilton scored for Tigers but it was the visitors who went in ahead at the break, leading 17-15.
Leicester thought they’d scored just before the interval through the returning Alesana Tuilagi but replays showed the Samoan had been put into touch inches short of the line. With both sides exchanging penalties, it was Harlequins who scored the decisive try with Ollie Kohn touching down with five minutes left on the clock to seal the win.
Premiership champions Saracens maintained their second place in the table with a dominant display against bottom side Newcastle Falcons. Sarries ran in three tries in a 25-5 victory with Joe Maddock and Alex Goode both going over in the first half, followed by winger James Short. Fly half Charlie Hodgson kicked two penalties and two conversions to complete the scoring, while Luke Fielden did pull the Falcons back into the match just before the break, but the north east side couldn’t add to their score in the second half.
Sale currently occupy third place in the table after round six thanks to a 13-11 victory against Gloucester at Edgeley Park. The Sharks were dominant in the first half, going in 10-0 up at the break thanks to a try from David Seymour, and a conversion and penalty from Nick Macleod. The visitors fought their way back into the match with two penalties from Tim Taylor, but Henry Trinder’s try was too little too late and the conversion was missed, giving Sale their fourth win of the campaign.
London Irish moved up to fourth in the table with a bonus point victory against Worcester. Irish scored five tries in a 42-24 win against the newly-promoted ide, with Steve Shingler opening the scoring before Miles Benjamin touched down for Worcester, making it 16-10 at the break. At that stage, there was still hope for Worcester, but the home side ran in four more tries in the second half, including a fantastic break from Tom Homer – who also kicked four conversions and three penalties to give the Exiles the win, despite two late tries from Marcel Garvey.
Northampton brought an end to their four consecutive defeats with a thoroughly dominant display against Exeter at Franklin’s Gardens. James Downey set the tone for the Saints in the second minute, touching down to give the home crowd something to cheer early on. Ignacio Mieres kicked a penalty for Exeter, but tries from Paul Diggin and Scott Armstrong, accompanied by three conversions and four penalties ensured a 33-3 victory.
In a tight affair at Adams Park, it was London Wasps who walked away with the points, beating Bath 27-24. Christian Wade put Wasps ahead before Kane Palma-Newport’s converted try levelled the scores. Wasps restored their lead early in the second half thanks to Tom Varndell’s try, and Nicky Robinson kicked a penalty to extend the advantage, but despite Guy Mercer’s try the visitors couldn’t find the extra three points they needed.
This weekend’s fixtures:
LV Cup – Saturday (3pm kick off unless stated) – Newport-Gwent Dragons v Bath (2.30pm), Gloucester v Sale, Harlequins v London Irish, Northampton v Saracens, Worcester v Wasps, Scarlets v Leicester (6.00pm), Newcastle v Cardiff Blues, (6.30pm), Exeter v Ospreys (7.45pm).