Harlequins hammer Wasps at the Richo

Harlequins continued their impressive away record in the Premiership this season by brushing aside Wasps for a third bonus-point triumph on the road.

Despite not winning at home yet, Quins certainly enjoy travelling and today was no exception. The visitors ran in six tries in a bonus point victory which lifts them up to sixth in the table.

The Londoners went into the break with a 20-3 lead through tries from Will Evans and Danny Care. After the break the visitors stretched their advantage when Alex Dombrandt and Louis Lynagh went over. Zach Kibiridge and Tom Willis replied before two late tries from James Lang and a penalty try completed the rout.

Quins opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Evans squeezed over the white line after a quick Care tap and go penalty. Marcus Smith added the extras to give first blood to the visitors.

In a game that was played in a fast and furious pace throughout the eighty minutes, Harlequins added their second try of the afternoon when a run from Lynagh found the son of Michael offload to Care who was almost stopped in his tracks by Porter before the scrum half managed to touch down.

Wasps were reeling at that point with another three points added to the total, compliments of Smith’s boot to give Harlequins a 20-0 lead.

It took Wasps until the 40th minute of play before they registered their first points on the board, from a penalty kick from Lima Sopoaga.

Leading 20-3 at the break, Quins continued where they left off with Alex Dombrandt going over following a lineout driving maul. Smith was denied the extra three points when his effort came off the post.

Wasps desperately needed to get some sort of score on the board and in the 59th minute they got their wish when Kibirige touched down, with Jimmy Gopperth converting this looked the moment the hosts would stage a fightback.

It wasn’t to be a Smith nailed a long-range penalty to keep the difference to 18 points. That was increased shortly afterwards when the excellent Lynagh intercepted a pass to run in unopposed for his first try in Quins colours to bring up the try bonus point. Smith had the easiest of conversions under the post to hammer home the Londoners advantage.

With ten minutes remaining Tom Willis powered over for the home side before the icing on the cake for Quins was duly delivered with two late tries in two minutes.

The ball bounced nicely for James Lang to run in and touch down before the clock in red saw Harlequins bring up their sixth try of the afternoon through a penalty try to round off a superb afternoon for the London Side under General Manager Billy Millard.

Wasps 17 Harlequins 49

Gallagher Premiership Sunday 31st January 2021

By Peter Moore