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London Irish 14 – 41 Harlequins

Huw Jones led the way for Quins with two tries as they beat the Exiles in the derby at Brentford Community Stadium; Jack Walker, Cadan Murley, Danny Care, Andre Esterhuizen and Hugh Tizard also went to help the visitors close in on a play-off spot.

Last update: 03/04/22 17:48

Andre Esterhuizen and Huw Jones were among the try scorers as Harlequins beat London Irish

In-form Harlequins moved closer to securing a place in the Gallagher Premiership play-offs after producing a clinical display from seven tries to beat London Irish 41-14.

Paddy Jackson gave the Irish the lead, rushing into the corner following a turnover past the Quins try line, but their advantage was short-lived. Jack Walker was chased off a breaking maul while Cadan Murley and Huw Jones followed with tries soon after.

Walker and Hugh Tizard then combined from a cleverly executed lineout, Danny Care and Andre Esterhuizen both hit the ground and, after Benhard van Rensburg added a second Irish score, Jones completed the scoring with his second try . Tabai Matson’s side sit third in the standings after a fifth straight win.

The hosts came out shooting at Brentford Community Stadium in front of a supporter crowd on derby day, with Jackson keen to keep the ball in hand as often as possible.

He had a willing ally in Curtis Rona and it was the midfield pair that combined to turn the Irishman’s early exuberance into points as Jackson emerged unscathed from a turnover.

If the defending champions needed a wake-up call, that was it. Just two minutes later, they were tied.

London Irish's Ollie Hoskins tackles Harlequins' Joe Marler

London Irish’s Ollie Hoskins tackles Harlequins’ Joe Marler

Walker’s feed into the line-up was foolproof, and it was the former England Under-20 skipper who was forced out of the resulting maul, with Marcus Smith returning home an awkward conversion.

Rona was again at the heart of all things positive for Irish, brushing aside Ollie Hassell-Collins who inexplicably lost control of the ball while scoring and it came at a cost as three tries from Quins in the next 10 minutes secured the point. four try bonus. .

Alex Dombrandt and Esterhuizen did the hard work before Smith superbly released Murley with a long looping pass which the Quins man gobbled up before dotting comfortably. Smith was back a few minutes later, his deft hands allowing Jones to squirm into the opposite corner.

Cadan Murley tries out for Harlequins

Cadan Murley tries out for Harlequins

When Walker went over for his second – sent back by Tizard’s pass from five yards out – the Irish were in danger of being passed at 22-7.

Care was hauled in for a fifth try from Quins, capitalizing on Joe Marchant’s line break, and after Ireland’s Lucio Cinti lost control in the end zone when he had only to take to the ground, Esterhuizen passed two half-hearted tackles to underline the superiority of his camp.

Van Rensburg crossed the line five minutes from time as the Irish rallied but, fittingly, Quins had the last laugh when Will Edwards ghosted one in Jones’ way to cross.