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Harlequins 42 – 21 London Scottish

Harlequins 42 – 21 London Scottish

A hot lunchtime kick off at The Stoop, home of Premiership champions Harlequins, saw London Scottish put in an admirable performance in their second pre-season fixture.

A hot lunchtime kick off at The Stoop, home of Premiership champions Harlequins, saw London Scottish put in an admirable performance in their second pre-season fixture.

Quins kicked off into the lunchtime sun, but it was Scottish with the bright and busy start, a backline full of new faces keen to impress Director of Rugby Simon Amor.

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However, the home side quickly took control of possession and Seb Stegmann went over for the first score of the day on the right wing. Rory Clegg converted; 7-0.

Daryll Marfo added a quick second for Harlequins after a drive forward set up from a lineout 10 metres out. Clegg converted once more for a 14-0 lead.

Striving hard to get back into the game after the early setback, summer signing Dave McCall’s clever chip and chase forced a deliberate knock-on from Quins. Phil Godman’s decision to kick the resulting penalty into touch rather than for points was well rewarded; the resulting lineout won by Josh Thomas Brown maintained Scottish pressure and Willie Lipp eventually bulldozed his way between the Quins defence and over the line. Godman’s conversion half Quins lead; 14-7.

Harlequins finished the first half with a flurry, led by scrum half Henry Taylor who scored a try of his own before his break away efforts saw prop Marfo pick up his second of the afternoon. Clegg converted both and the score at halftime saw Quins lead 28-7.

Renewed energy after taking liquids on board during the half time break in the heat, as well as a raft of substitutions, saw Scottish start to stage a comeback.

First, Chevvy Pennycook went over and then minutes later Jamie Stevenson’s clever footwork added a quick second to reduce the score to 28-21 with the addition of two James Love conversions.

Harlequins strength in depth soon told; Jordan Burns first going over before the try of the day, started and finished by Quins forward Charlie Matthews. Making the initial break just over the halfway line, the ball floated between several hands before Matthews was on hand to finish.

Ben Botica converted both to take the full time score to 42-21.

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London Scottish’s final pre-season friendly is Friday 24th August at The Athletic Ground against local rivals Richmond – kick off 7.30pm. Click here to purchase tickets.
 

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