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Exeter Chiefs 43 Harlequins 42

Normal service was resumed as Exeter took an early lead of 17 points which they increased to 31-7.

Quins made up the ground in every sense and in the 8Oth minute were leading with Chiefs pinned to their line.  They marched 100 metres upfield for Tschiunza to score to take the points.

I watched the game with a Quins supporter. We could not disguise our disappointment.

We tried to do so by maintaining it was a fine game of rugby; that is why we support Quins; that the threequarters – Luke Northmore, Cadan  Murley and Joe Marchant with Tyrone Green behind – all had brilliant games; and that Joe Marler, Will Collier and Alex Dombrandt may all be back next Sunday for Northampton Saints but the fact of making such an extraordinary come-back and still losing in overtime overrode all.

Finally a word about All Blacks 40 Wallabies 7.

The All  Blacks have pace and power throughout the team and deservedly took the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Challenge Cup. I can now see them adding the World Cup to that.

As for England, Eddie Jones was watching the Exeter/Quins game and therefore witnessed a fine performance by Marcus Smith who converted accurately and set up the Marchant try with a superb trademark cross kick.

Just like Stevie Gerard and Frank Lampard, Smith and Owen Farrell cannot play together; on the evidence of the weekend I would go with Smith.

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About Derek Williams

A recently-retired actuary, the long-suffering Derek has been a Quins fan for the best part of three decades. More Posts