Half time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 22 - 12 Gloucester
Play at the start of the second half was hard hitting but unsettled. Possession frequently changing hands.
Gloucester scored the first points of the second half through a penalty kick. Yet the visitors found themselves a man down after Monahan saw yellow for tackling Brown in the air.
In play that defined the second half, Quins found themselves on the visitor's try line, only to blocked from going any further by a determined Gloucester side.
In the 57th minute the boot of Evans added another 3 points to the Quins score, his aim back on track after missing the posts a few minutes earlier.
Not to be outdone Gloucester added 3 points of their own after the home side gifted the visitors a penalty.
Within minutes Quins found themselves pushing for another try. They came within meters of the line but a strong Gloucester defense forced the home side to send the ball wide. A misjudged pass ended up in touch.
Referee Wayne Barnes brought play back to the location of an earlier infringement and Quins, looking for that fourth try and bonus point, opted for a line out. Although Quins crossed the line, the ref had already blown for an infringement and the try was therefore disallowed.
Scrappy passing by the visitors gave Quins an opportunity to intercept, however a sloppy pass by the home side went unpunished as Gloucester knocked on. Dominance in the scrum by Quins earned them a shot between the posts. Evans happily accepted.
The home side had momentum and were soon pushing for the line again. Morgan saw yellow for Gloucester and despite repeated infringements in the scrum by the visitors so close to the line, a penalty try was not forthcoming.
Another reset scrum followed but this time Harlequins were deemed to be in the wrong. A quick take by Gloucester saw them race to the other end of the field and score a consolatory try. The conversion was added and Quins found themselves on the defensive, leading by just 3 points.
The moment the home side regained possession, they kicked it into touch and ended the game.
It has been a long time since a referee has been booed off the field at The Stoop but in the eyes of the one fans, it was well deserved.
Nick Easter, captain, was awarded Man of the Match for a job, on the whole, well done.
Discipline remains an issue with Harlequins - only 7 of the 25 points scored by Gloucester were in open play.
A long kick by Gloucester to start the game saw an attempt to run the ball from deep within the Quins territory. The home side once again dominated the scrums and mauls. Evans opened the scoring in the seventh minute through a penalty.
A momentary lapse of concentration saw a knock on by the home side with a penalty awarded to Gloucester after a collapse in the scrum went against the Quins. Gloucester equaled the scores after nine minutes. An error on the restart by the Quins saw the ball kicked into touch. Possession once again switched sides after a strong take by Brown.
A Quins line-out thrown long saw the home side run unmarked towards the line, passing out wide to Brown who went over for the try. Evans converted. However a penalty just 3 minutes later saw Gloucester claw back some points. Another penalty from the foot of Gloucesters number 10 saw the visitors move within one point of Quins. Just over ten minutes of the first half left and Quins made another break for the try line only to knock on under tackle. Gloucester took the lead for the first time through another penalty but it was short lived. Dickson broke following a tap kick from the halfway line allowing Hopper to cross for yet another Quins try. Evans failed to convert. More misery came in the last minute for the visitors as Smith intercepted an attacking Gloucester and ran half the field for a try. This time Evans converted. Half time at The Stoop: Harlequins 22 - 12 Gloucester
Harlequins v Gloucester
It is tight at the top end of the Premiership table in Rugby Union. A last push by Quins against London Irish last week saw last seasons' champions regain the top spot.
Today Harlequins face Gloucester at the Twickenham Stoop. With four of the home side's players called to the England squad, this game on a cold November night will not be easy. Their record against Gloucester has them trailing in head to heads.
Nick Evans, fresh from signing a new contract with the Quins, returns to the starting line up following his recovery from injury. Nick Easter is handed the captaincy.
Kick off is 5.15pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:47 pm
South London robbers get jail
Three robbers who took more than half a million pounds in a spate of armed raids across South London and Kent have been jailed for a total of 62 years.
The trio were caught as they attempted to rob a Santander bank in North Cheam in February.
The robberies dated back to 2000.
Robert Hall of Thornton Heath, Emmet Wynne from West Wickham and Ian Knight of Streatham pleaded guilty to a variety of offences for firearms, robbery, and conspiracy to rob. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:24 am
Friday, 2 November 2012
Surrey pull off master stroke in signing Graeme Smith
Surrey have pulled of an eye-catching deal in county cricket by signing South Africa captain Graeme Smith on a three-year contract.
He’ll move to the Oval at the beginning of next summer and joins the county as club captain. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:15 am
Fire station closures challenged in Parliament
A controversial proposal to close 17 fire stations across London will be debated in Parliament today.
A leaked document last month revealed plans to close stations including those in Acton, Clapham and Kensington.
In Tower Hamlets, Bow and Whitechapel stations were earmarked for closure, which would result in the loss of four fire engines in the borough.
East London politicians state that Tower Hamlets had the greatest number of fires in London last year.
Closures would have a significant impact on the borough’s ability to to deal with major incidents.
They’ve called on London Mayor Boris Johnston to re-think the cuts. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 am
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Kauto Star Retires
The legendary race horse Kauto Star has been retired.
Kempton Park’s paid tribute to the popular steeplechaser who won the King George VI Chase on a record-breaking five occasions.
Jockey Ruby Walsh led Kauto to victory in many races.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:43 pm
Fulham Murder Update
A man murdered in Fulham last Thursday has been named by Police as Colin Hammond.
The 65 year old, who lived in the area, was found with a stab wound on the High Street just before 7 pm and died at the scene.
A 27 year old man arrested near the attack has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
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