Harlequins vs London Welsh match report: Quins put struggling Exiles on the floor

Harlequins 52-0 London Welsh

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Harlequins returned to winning ways with a thrashing of London Welsh at The Stoop.

Quins, beaten heavily by Saracens and Exeter in recent weeks, ran in seven tries through Mike Brown, Danny Care, Marland Yarde (two), Matt Hopper and Karl Dickson. There was also a penalty try, with Nick Evans converting all seven as well as kicking a penalty to push Quins past the half-century mark.

It was not a vintage display, but Chris Robshaw led from the front, while behind the scrum England backs Brown and Care both sparkled.

Quins boss Conor O’Shea rounded on his side’s critics: “If people thought we were going to go away they’ll have to think again. To write us off only four games was insulting.”

 

Line-ups:

Harlequins: M Brown (O Lindsay-Hague 69);  M Yarde, M Hopper, T Casson (B Botica 46),  A Tikoirotuma; N Evans, D Care (K Dickson 52);  J Marler (M Lambert 52), J Gray (D Ward 56),  K Sinckler (W Collier 40), C Matthews, G Robson  (S Twomey 64), L Wallace, C Robshaw (K Sinckler 73), N Easter (J Trayfoot 64).

London Welsh: S Jewell (R Crane 13); S Stegmann, N Reynolds, T May, N Scott; O Barkley (T Roberts 61), P Weepu (R Lewis 46); R Reeves (P Henn 45),  K Britton (N Morris 54), T Vea, J Down, D Schofield, P Browne, L McCaffrey (B Pienaar 40; R Reeves 73), O Stedman (C Hala’ufia 45).

Referee: Dean Richards (RFU).

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