Quins feast on frail Falcons

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:37
Large tomwilliamsharlequinstry Large samsmithnewcastlefalcons Large nickeasternewcastlefalcons

Sam Smith scored two tries to help Harlequins secure a 35-9 bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons on Sunday.

Sam Smith proved he can fill the boots of the absent Ugo Monye as the wing scored two tries to help Harlequins secure a 35-9 bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons on Sunday.

An early Tom Williams score, a double from Smith and a trademark Danny Care try saw Conor O'Shea's men extend their winning streak in the Premiership to four games.

But for Newcastle it was another game during which they were unable to find the try-line, meaning they haven't crossed the whitewash in the Premiership in just over four hours of rugby.

Williams gave Quins the lead on nine minutes when he found himself on the shoulder of Dave Ward and with just one Newcastle defender in front of them, the wing was put in to score.

Nick Evans drew the Newcastle defence towards him before putting Ward through a gap and, with Williams on his shoulder, the hooker provided the pass for an easy try under the posts. Evans added the extras.

The Falcons were given an opportunity to get on the scoreboard on 18 minutes when Matt Hopper was caught unnecessarily offside and Phil Godman was successful with the resulting penalty.

However, when Newcastle were guilty of the same offence with Harlequins probing in their 22 from their very next attack, Evans immediately restored his side's seven-point lead.

Noah Cato came within a fingertip of intercepting a lofted pass and running in to score for the Falcons but the wing couldn't hold on to the ball and knocked on.

And from the resulting scrum, which Harlequins bossed, the visitors were awarded another penalty when Carlo del Fava blocked the run of Smith and Evans was again on target (13-3).

His opposite number Godman, however, couldn't respond when Joe Trayfoot was guilty of pulling legs away in a maul on the half-hour mark.

But just a minute later, he nailed a straight kick just inside the Harlequins half as Newcastle went in at the break trailing 6-13.

Harlequins had the ideal start to the second half when they collected their own kick-off and went on to score through Smith in the corner.

After getting the ball back, a smart offload from Tom Casson found Evans who made a break and offloaded to Ward and after quick ball, it was Smith who was able to dive over.

A powerful driving maul gave Newcastle their best opportunity of finding the Harlequins try-line on 44 minutes but, although they knocked on out wide, Godman was successful with a penalty.

But Quins were able to keep the Falcons at arm's length as Evans slotted another penalty two minutes later.

Smith almost had his second try of the game on 54 minutes but he grounded the ball short of the line - Care, however, went over for Quins' third moments later.

The scrumhalf threw one of his trademark dummies just a few metres from the try-line and dived over under the posts - Evans converting for 28-9.

Quins then secured their bonus point as Smith did grab his second try - Casson doing brilliantly to turn the ball over before the wing went through a gap to run 60 metres and score.

Rob Vickers was sent to the sin bin for an infringement at the line-out and Harlequins were able to see out the remaining minutes for their first win at Kingston Park in seven years.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
Pens:
Godman 3

For Harlequins:
Tries:
Williams, Smith 2, Care
Cons: Evans 3
Pens: Evans 3

Yellow card: Rob Vickers (Newcastle Falcons, 77)

Teams:

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch (captain), 6 Richard Mayhew, 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Carlo del Fava, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Chris York, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 James Fitzpatrick.

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Tom Casson, 11 Sam Smith, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Luke Wallace, 6 Joe Trayfoot, 5 George Robson, 4 Nick Easter (captain), 3 Will Collier, 2 Dave Ward, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Harry Allen, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Charlie Matthews, 20 James Chisholm, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Charlie Walker.

Referee: Andrew Small
Assistant referees: Roy Maybank, Ashley Rowden
TMO: Graham Hughes

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
Leopards v Boland 12h30 Potchefstroom
Griquas v Border 13h00 Kimberley
Sharks v Hurricanes 13h00 Durban
Pumas v Namibia 13h00 Mpumalanga
Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs 13h00 Randburg
Wasps v London Irish 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 14h30 Sixways
Bath v Leicester Tigers 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Northampton Saints 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 Twickenham
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 14h30 Kingston Park
Zebre v Dragons 15h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Munster v Scarlets 15h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Ulster 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 15h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 15h00 BT Murrayfield
Leinster v Treviso 15h00 RDS
Kings v Blues 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Western Province 15h30 Durban
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 21 16 1 4 75
Exeter Chiefs 21 14 0 7 69
Wasps 21 14 0 7 67
Leicester Tigers 21 14 0 7 64
Sale Sharks 21 10 2 9 54
Harlequins 21 10 1 10 55
Northampton Saints 21 11 0 10 56
Gloucester 21 10 1 10 49
Bath 21 8 0 13 43
Worcester Warriors 21 7 0 14 35
Newcastle Falcons 21 5 1 15 26
London Irish 21 4 0 17 20