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Harlequins v Tigers Match Report

By TigerR
February 17 2013

 Quins Prove Too Mighty                                                                  It was a perfect winter day for a game of rugby. Both teams were missing some international player but others in need of game time were available; Flood and Tuilagi for Leicester and Care for Quins.  

The first chance to attack was Leicester’s but an error in contact turned the ball over. Quins took the ball downfield and pressed for several minutes resulting in a penalty goal from Botica in for the injured Evans. Quins pressed again but a loose pass was intercepted by Flood who outpaced the wrong footed defence to score under the posts. Quins continued to have a slight edge in possession and territory resulting in more opportunities for penalty kicks. Botica didn’t miss anything all game.

However towards the end of the half Tigers pressed and quick ball gave Flood a chance to try the variation of a grubber from 15 metres out and Thompstone won the race to the ball. Cue the referral to the TMO. This took about four minutes which seems to be the fault of the referee who asked the TMO to check three things, knock on at the previous ruck, offside and the grounding, perhaps a bit excessive as the first two would not be checked in normal play. The try was good but Flood’s kick from the touchline just missed. Tigers led 18-12 at half time.

Quins continued the stronger at scrum and maul after the break with Tigers stronger in the line out thanks to Kitchener. However the penalties kept being given away. One such in the Quins half gave Danny Care the change for a quick tap and go and he showed great speed to burst past all but Tait at full back. Care jinked twice just enabling him to brush past the Tiger’s inside shoulder and retained just enough momentum to reach the line as he was caught by Allen.

Tiger had a chance from a Quins mistake to break from their own 22. Harrison took the ball to the last defender who didn’t buy the dummy to Hamilton who may well have had a clear run to the line.

Tigers did retake the lead when Flood converted a penalty kick. However Mr Barnes the referee continued to find fault mostly with Leicester and Botica booted Quins a point clear.

Flood kicked well from midfield to touch in the Quins 22. At the resulting lineout Quins went to number 2 as they had often in the second half to avoid Kitchener. Tigers anticipated this and launched Slater to compete. He touched the ball but had to jump over to the Quins side to do so (the ball not being quite straight). In coming down he interfered with the Quins catcher and Mr Barnes awarded a penalty. The Quins fans round me yelled for a yellow card. Then the replay on the screed showed and they all said ‘well he was going for the ball’.

From then on all decisions went to Quins including a kickable penalty. Quins 25-21 Leicester.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013:02:25:20:49:26 by Tiggs.

Re: Harlequins v Tigers Match Report
Stopsy (IP Logged)
19/02/2013 14:50
Many thanks TigerR

Re: Harlequins v Tigers Match Report
TigeR (IP Logged)
19/02/2013 17:03
I like to do my bit.

Re: Harlequins v Tigers Match Report
Tiggs (IP Logged)
19/02/2013 18:14
Many thanks Rex !!

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