Murley double helps Quins get the better of the Falcons

Two tries from Cadan Murley ensured Quins maintained their position in the top four of the Premiership.

Quins raced in to a 16 point lead before Falcons replied with a try on the stroke of half time. Quins were reduced to 13 men in a short spell in the second half, but the visitors failed to take advantage, with Murley grabbing his second try of the night and condemning Flacons to their seventh straight defeat.

With just five minutes on the clock the hosts opened the scoring when Tommy Allan burst through the middle before passing to Huw Jones on the inside to cross. Conversion added by Allan to give Quins an early lead.

The visitors managed to get their first points of the game following a Will Haydon-Wood penalty kick from under the posts.

Quins were quick to respond just two minutes later following a line out and driving maul with Danny Care at the back to pick out Cadan Murley who went over. The conversion was missed, with Quins holding a nine point advantage.

The gap quickly became 16 points when quick hands from the home side from Tyrone Green who fed Louis Lynagh who had far too much pace for the Falcons defence to run in from 25 meters out.

With half time looming, Newcastle managed to get themselves back in the game when Tom Marshall scooped up a pick and go to go over on his first Premiership start. The extras were added, with the gap cut to nine points, With Harlequins leading 19-10.

Harlequins were dealt a double blow with 25 minutes to go when both Luke Northmore and Care were sent to the sin bin. Northmore for a deliberate knock on and Care for hands in near his own line.

Despite a two man numerical advantage, Falcons failed to take advantage of this, with some excellent defending from the current Premiership champions and were punished when Care put Murley away for his second of the night and secured the try bonus point and moved Harlequins up to second in the table.

Harlequins 24 Newcastle Falcons 10

Gallagher Premiership Friday 4th March 2022

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