Quins end regular season with convincing win over Falcons

Harlequins ended the regular Premiership in style by running in eight tries and 54 points in a convincing win over Newcastle.

In the glorious sunshine of South West London, Quins kicked off and within four minutes they had the opening points of the match following a break from the scrum Alex Dombrandt broke through to offload to Jack Kenningham who went over. Marcus Smith added the extras from under the sticks to give the home side first blood.

However, the lead lasted only five minutes with Falcons hitting back to draw level through a pick and go in the corner from George McGuigan.

With fifteen minutes on the clock the Stoop faithful struck up a round of applause for the usual number 15 Mike Brown who is leaving the club at the end of the season to join Newcastle. Right on cue Harlequins added some more points to the board from the back of a scrum Danny Care peeled away sold a dummy and ran in under the posts.

Once again Falcons response was immediate with McGuigan picking up a loose ball to dot down. The host thought they had scored their third try of the afternoon when Matt Symons was denied a score by the TMO.

Despite this setback, Quins scored their third try of the half following a steal from the lineout by Joe Marler. Quick hands followed with Care going under the posts for his second try of the afternoon. Smith added the extras to give Harlequins a 21-12 lead.

On the stroke of half time Quins picked up the try bonus point after a penalty advantage was play, Tyrone Green went over in the corner, with Smith converting Harlequins went into the break with a 28-12 lead.

Within five minutes of the restart the advantage had stretched to 21 points following some quick thinking from Smith. His delightful cross field kick fell perfectly into the hands of Tom Lawday who offloaded to Louis Lynagh to touch down in the corner.

A fine solo effort from Falcons Adam Radwan saw the centre brush past four defenders to run in to reduce the deficit only for the home side to respond following a lineout drive which saw Care at the back of the maul. His exquisite pass fell into the hands of Joe Marchant to run in.

There was still time for Falcons to get a consolation try late in the game when Jamie Blaimer dotted down from a line out drive only for the highest points scorers in the League Harlequins to have the last word when a kick through from Kenningham was fumbled by Alex Tait with Martin Landajp picking up the scraps to dot down and Joe Gray crossing in the last minute of play with Ben Tapuai’s conversion sailing over the posts to complete  comprehensive victory and send the Stoop faithful home with smiles on their faces and a trip to Bristol Bears in the semi finals awaiting the Londoners.

Harlequins   54   Newcastle Falcons   26

Gallagher Premiership Saturday 12th June 2021

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