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Harlequins 33 Montpelier 20

Quins missed out by just one point (59/60) to reverse the score line in Montpelier.

The damage of the first half in Montpelier – when Quins conceded 26 points – was too much to overcome even for the comeback kings.

The game will live long in the memory for a superb try by Joe Marchant.

It started with an arm flick pass by Danny Care on the touch line into the arms of Marcus Smith who set off on a jinking run.

He released the ball to Cadan Morley who in turn found Joe Marchant who scored the try.

Supporters at the end said it was typical Quins not to do the business, especially as Marcus Smith missed a late conversion, but we would not want them to be a win-at-all-cost side like Saracens.

I had a bigger beef with ref Mike Adamson.

Not for the first time, as he reffed Quins v Castres poorly, he looked out of his depth.

Montpelier frustrated various attempts by Quins to get over the line with intentional penalties but Adamson took no action until finally sin-binning one of the offenders.

Given Danny Care  seems to be regularly sin-binned for intentional knock-ons, this lack of punitive action was as bizarre as Adamson being awarded 2 Six Nation matches and Wayne Barnes just the one.

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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