Quins denied at the death by late Irish fight back


Harlequins   27    London Irish   27

               Gallagher Premiership  Sunday 10th January 2021

London Irish had to come back from 12 points down to take a share of the points after a last-minute Ollie Hoskins try was enough for the Exiles to take three points from their first match since December 6th.

With both sides temporarily out of action for the past couple of weeks, it was the hosts who put the first points on the board, compliments of a Marcus Smith penalty kick.

Poor Quins defending and miss tackles enabled Irish to take the lead when Curtis Rona smashed his way over. Paddy Jackson added the extras to give the visitors a slender four-point lead.

Quins almost responded instantly when Cadan Murley was denied a try scoring opportunity with a last-ditch tackle.

Undeterred by this setback, Quins retook the lead when Marcus Smith went over in the corner after the try was set up by James Lang. The fly-half was successful with the conversion to nudge the home side ahead.

Irish thought they had got themselves back into the game following a quickly taken penalty, a tap and go with Ollie Hoskins going over. Only for the try to be ruled out for a knock on.

Quins increased their lead when Mike Brown was driven over near the posts. Smith added the extras to stretch the hosts advantage to ten points.

With half time rapidly approaching an attacking line out from Irish proved fruitful when Motu Matuu was driven over. Jackson from the tee missed the conversion with Harlequins leading 17-12 at the interval.

Both sides traded penalties at the start of the second half before Quins scored their third try of the afternoon. A pick and go fell nicely to Scott Steele who dotted down against his old club.

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At 27-15 with almost 20 minutes to go you would have fancied Harlequins to go on and win the game.

Quins suffered a setback moments later when Archie White was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate and unnecessary knock on. Irish took advantage of the one man advantage when Albert Tuisue crashed over.

With Quins hanging on, Irish rescued a point with barely a minute remaining when a lineout drive saw Hioskins driven over. This time there was no need for the tmo to be called on. Paddy Jackson’s penalty kick sailed over the posts to claim the draw.

Amazingly, there was still time for the exiles to snatch victory after Harlequins gave away their 16th penalty of the afternoon. Up stepped Jackson from the halfway line, but this time his effort went wide of the pot, much to the relief of the hosts. The miss sparked a frantic spell long after time had expired with both sides chasing victory, only to fall short.

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