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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Half-Time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers

In round 15 of the rugby union premiership it's a top of the table clash.

Harlequins, dethroned last weekend after their defeat to London Wasps, are hoping to regain the top sport by defeating current league leaders Leicester Tigers.

It's a cold afternoon and a 5.15pm kick off.

The visitors started strongly. Errors from Quins allowed the Tigers' no. 10 Toby Flood to kick to the corner for a line-out. It came to nothing but showed early on the danger Tigers posed.

A good response from Quins with no.9 Danny Care breaking through the visitors' defence. Barrage after barrage from the home side but the Tigers' defence stood firm. The ball was eventually taken into touch which the Tigers claimed in the line-out and cleared.

Quins proceeded up the field until some slack passing allowed the Tigers' no. 10 Toby Flood to intercept and run unopposed to the try line. He also converted and gave the visitors a 7 point lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

Easter caught the Quins restart but good Tigers follow-up earned them the put-in at the scrum. The visitors were penalised themselves after going early in a reset scrum. Quins were awarded the put-in. The scrum collapsed again and this time Quins were awarded with a kick between the posts. Botica earning the Quins' first points of the game.

The restart ball was claimed by the home side who chose to run it from deep. They gave possession to Tigers after spilling the ball in a tackle. Further play saw the ball enter touch.

An infringement from Quins in the ensuing ruck once the ball was back in play gave the visitors a penalty. Flood once again kicked between the posts extending their lead in 18th minute.

Quins caught the restart ball and after consistent pressure earned themselves a penalty. Botica adding three points to his tally just 5 minutes later.

Once again the home side collected the restart. They attacked strongly and no. 9 Care executed a beautiful chip through, only to be 'tackled' out of the chase. Tigers saved the ball and kicked into touch. Again strong pressure from Quins earned them another shot at the posts which brought them to within a point of the visitors.

Leicester restarted proceedings and Harlequins claimed the ball and chose to kick into touch, albeit still within their own territory. Following infringement in the line-out by the visitors, Quins earned another kick into touch. Their possession did not last long as the home side were penalised for holding on in the sequence of play which followed.

Flood extending the Tigers' lead by another three points.

Once play resumed the referee Wayne Barnes stopped the clock for advice from the TMO after aggression in a ruck. Penalty to Quins but no yellow cards. Botica once again brings the home side to within a single point with 5 minutes of the first half remaining.

However Tigers wanted the last roar before half-time: Quins had the put-in into a scrum but were penalised for not hitting straight. The visitors had a line out within 10 metres of the Quins try line. They collected and crossed the line. Try was given after another visit to the TMO but the delay seemed to unsettle Flood who failed to convert.

Half-time at the Twickenham Stoop: Harlequins 12 - 18 Leicester Tigers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:30 pm  

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