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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Second-Half action from the Twickenham Stoop

Coming out of the break Harlequins trailed Gloucester 10-11.

Hope was given to the home side shortly after the whistle blew to start the second half, when they were awarded a penalty within 5 minutes.

No. 10 Nick Evans failed to shake off his ghosts from the first half and once again missed the posts.

He did, however, redeem himself just a few minutes later, handing Quins the lead 13-11.

It was a short lived effort as discipline was once again lacking in the home team and Gloucester did not waste any time retaking the lead.

The half turned out to be nail biting, with opportunities given and lost from both sides.

Danny Care gave hope to Quins as he rushed towards the try line in the 64th minute but a decision to kick high allowed Gloucester to catch and ground the ball.

A series of re-set scrums then ensued with home support yelling for a penalty try after Gloucester caused the scrum to collapse and raise on several occasions.

After a heated debate between the two teams, Gloucester found themselves a man short following the issue of a yellow card.

Danny Care wasted no time in taking an opportunity to run for the line, and cross it, however the referee disallowed his effort in a controversial decision.

That was a minor set-back for the Quins who did manage to secure a try when a favourable bounce enabled Mike Brown to ground the ball.

It still was not without controversy as the referee seemed reluctant to award it, preferring instead to ask the video referee to make the decision.

Nick Evans added the 2 points for a conversion which gave Harlequins the lead 20-14.

The action did not stop there, however, as Gloucester were reluctant to throw in the towel. The visitors had the momentum in the final minutes but a knock-on by Gloucester after time secured a victory for Quins.

The home side retain second place in pool 6 of the Heineken Cup and keep their hopes alive to reach the knock-out stages.
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