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Report | Tigers win at Harlequins

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Leicester Tigers secured a bonus-point win at Harlequins on Sunday, with two tries from Tommy Reffell contributing to a 27-19 victory in Round 6 of the Gallagher Premiership season.

Tries from Reffell and Julián Montoya were reward for Tigers’ efforts in the first half as they reached the break 12-0 in front.

Protecting a home record showing just one defeat in the league since February and an unbeaten record here against Tigers since September 2017, Quins conceded a third try as Reffell scored again midway through the second half.

Quins carved one out in reply with 10 minutes remaining before Anthony Watson ran in the bonus-point score, though the hosts had a final word with a breakaway try to bring the game to a close.

Watson was making his 100th Premiership appearance as head coach Steve Borthwick brought Reffell, Chris Ashton and Ben Youngs into the starting line-up after missing the Round 5 defeat against Sale, while Joe Marler led out Quins in his 250th game for the club.

Freddie Burns got the game started and his chip, nudged on by Matt Scott in pursuit, had Quins backtracking early on, and the hosts were then penalised twice on the Tigers left, leading to the opening score.

Set-piece pressure on the left, with the forwards taking play up towards the tryline, gave Ben Youngs the chance to feed support near the corner flag and it was Reffell who found enough space to get over the line.

Burns was off target with the conversion but spilled ball at the restart had Quins on the back foot again, Tyrone Green just escaping pressure from Harry Potter and Ashton as he raced back to field ball.

Green then threatened in attack on the left but Tigers recovered quickly to win a penalty at a breakdown 25 metres out.

Nemani Nadolo emerged as a replacement for Ashton as the Tigers forward worked their way up the right touchline, but Luke Northmore then stripped ball only to slightly overcook his kick to touch.

Hanro Liebenberg stole useful lineout ball from Quins as the home crowd aired some frustration, but their team soon built phases of possession in attack, mostly on their left side where Scott twice stepped in with important tackles.

They lost another lineout just five metres out, as Liebenberg emerged with the ball and kicked up to halfway.

On the half-hour, a penalty award gave Quins another good position on the right after a break by Green and it almost brought a try for Northmore. Reffell, though, had his arms around the centre and knocked the ball loose, and the TMO confirmed no score.

Offloading from Jasper Wiese and James Cronin put Reffell away through the middle and Youngs arrived in support before Quins closed in. But the whistle went in Tigers’ favour and also led to a second try.

Playing from a lineout on the left, Montoya stayed patient before breaking off to force his way in for his first try of the season and Burns converted for a 12-point lead around the half-hour.

Watson and Potter shut out a Quins attack as they played to space on the left and the home team were then penalised as they built the next phase of possession with the clock up to 40 minutes with 12 points separating the teams.

The second half almost brought a third score for Tigers as Scott ran in fine line to break clear from midway, only for Quins to block Freddie Steward and then Potter in front of their own line and winning turnover ball just a few metres out on the right side.

Quins started to look dangerous playing through the midfield before Harry Wells made a one-handed turnover in the tackle area, allowing Youngs to kick clear.

Joe Marchant then picked his way through broken field but Quins spilled ball near the left touchline as Tigers worked back in defence.

Potter and Nadolo combined to win a penalty in contact midway inside the Quins half as Borthwick sent on Jack van Poortvliet and Francois van Wyk, followed by Cameron Henderson.

That pressure provided the platform for try number three, with Scott again involved before Reffell dived into the left corner for his second score of the afternoon and a 17-point lead.

Potter had to work hard in defence as Smith chipped ahead, and Tyrone Green was left floored as the two contested the bouncing ball. He left the field, replaced by Nick David.

Wells slapped back lineout ball inside the Tigers half and then Montoya won a penalty on the floor and Tigers looked to control field position again.

Another turnover won on halfway stopped Quins but when they regained ball, Steward checked the progress on Marchant near the touchline.

But Quins returned to the attack and this time made the breakthrough with a Cadan Murley try, creating space on the left after option for scrum ball at a penalty in a central position. Marcus Smith’s conversion cut the gap to 10 points with 10 minutes to go.

Burns scuffed an attempt at a drop goal after the restart but then had the ball on the tee after van Poortvliet was tackled in the air as he field the kick from Smith, kicking the points for a 13-point advantage.

That increased three minutes later as Watson marked his 100th Premiership appearance by picking off a pass from Andre Esterhuizen on the Quins 22 to score the bonus-point try and his first in Tigers colours. The conversion from Burns made it 7-27.

Murley added his second score of the day with a run-in on the left and Quins claimed another in the last play of the game but still remained empty-handed.

Tigers were looking for a score of their own as the clock ticked beyond 80 minutes but, after a maul was stopped short, Murley picked up loose ball and raced clear. Although scrum-half van Poortvliet hunted down the wing a few metres short of the Tigers tryline, Quins had options in support and Danny Care ran in under the posts. the Smith conversion was the final action of the afternoon.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

HAR 0-12 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

HAR 19-27 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Adam Leal

Harlequins
Harlequins
19

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
27
Harlequins
T
C
T
T
C
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
T
T
C
T
P
T
C

Match Stats

Harlequins
Leicester Tigers
Possession
55%
45%
Territory
45%
55%
Penalties Conceded
14
11
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
92/102 90%
154/178 87%
Scrums Won
4/4 100%
6/6 100%
Lineouts Won
10/13 77%
18/18 100%

Player Stats

Harlequins
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Freddie Steward
14Chris Ashton
13Harry Potter
12Matt Scott
11Anthony Watson1T
10Freddie Burns2C1P
9Ben Youngs
1James Cronin
2Julian Montoya1T
3Dan Cole
4Harry Wells
5Calum Green
6Hanro Liebenberg
7Tommy Reffell2T
8Jasper Wiese
16Charlie Clare
17Francois van Wyk
18Joe Heyes
19Cameron Henderson
20Olly Cracknell
21Jack van Poortvliet
22Jimmy Gopperth
23Nemani Nadolo

Commentary

Conversion makes it 19-27 but that is the last action of the match.

Danny Care finishes a breakaway score for Quins. 17-27.

WIN FOR TIGERS

Final score is Harlequins 19-27 Leicester Tigers, 3 tries to 4.

80

Smith conversion from wide on the left is missed, Tigers are 27-12 in front, last minute.

Murley gets a second for Quins, 12-27 on 79min.

Burns adds the conversion for Tigers, 7-27 on 78mins.

Anthony Watson picks off a Quins ball in the opposition 22 to get his first try for T8ugers. Bonus point. 7-25.

Burns misses a drop goal but then lands a penalty to make it 7-20 on 73min.

Smith converts the Murley try, 7-17 on 70min.

First points for Quins as they use penalty ball to create a score on the left for Murley. 5-17 on 68min.

54

Burns misses the conversion but Tigers have 17-0 lead, 3 tries.

Scott and van Poortvliet combine in attack for Tommy Reffell to leap into the left corner for his second try of the day. 0-17 to Tigers on 53min

41

Quins get us started for the second half, with Tigers 12-0 on front.

HALF-TIME

Harlequins 0-12 Leicester Tigers with tries from Tommy Reffell and Julian Montoya.

Freddie Burns converts the Montoya try, Tigers 12-0 in front on 34min.

MONTOYA breaks off a maul in the left corner and scores for Tigers who lead 10-0 on 33min.

30

Luke Northmore is over the line for Quins but Reffell has his arms around the Quins centre and knocks the ball loose. TMO confirms no score.

17

Penalty to Leicester, but Burns just off target. Still lead 5-0 on 17min.

9

Burns off target with the conversion as Tigers lead by 5.

TRY for Tommy Reffell in the corner after a couple of penalties against Quins. 0-5 on 8min.

KICK-OFF | Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Tigers, in red shirts and white shorts, will kick off, playing left to right as we look from the dugouts.

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KICK-OFF | Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Tigers, in red shirts and white shorts, will kick off, playing left to right as we look from the dugouts.

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The sun is shining, the crowd is starting to build up, it's a sell-out at The Stoop today as Tigers go through final preparations...

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TODAY’S OPPOSITION

Harlequins: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care; 1 Joe Marler (c), 2 Jack Musk, 3 Wilco Louw, 4 Dino Lamb, 5 Irne Herbst, 6 Jack Kenningham, 7 Will Evans, 8 Archie White

Replacements: 16 Sam Riley, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 George Hammond, 20 Matas Jurevicius, 21 Lewis Gjaltema, 22 Tommy Allan, 23 Nick David

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HOW TIGERS LINE-UP

Leicester Tigers: 15 Freddie Steward [59], 14 Chris Ashton [16], 13 Harry Potter [45], 12 Matt Scott [50], 11 Anthony Watson [2], 10 Freddie Burns [107], 9 Ben Youngs (vc) [286]; 1 James Cronin [5], 2 Julián Montoya [28], 3 Dan Cole (vc) [295], 4 Harry Wells [161], 5 Calum Green [94], 6 Hanro Liebenberg (c) [64], 7 Tommy Reffell [82], 8 Jasper Wiese [46]

Replacements: 16 Charlie Clare [57], 17 Francois van Wyk [21], 18 Joe Heyes [105], 19 Cameron Henderson [22], 20 Olly Cracknell [5], 21 Jack van Poortvliet [52], 22 Jimmy Gopperth [5], 23 Nemani Nadolo [40]

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MATCH PREVIEW | Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers are at Harlequins for a first Sunday fixture of the Gallagher Premiership season.

The last four meetings have all been won by the home side on the day while Quins have lost just once at home since February.

Steve Borthwick brings Chris Ashton, Tommy Reffell and Ben Youngs into the Tigers starting line-up. Cameron Henderson and Francois van Wyk added to the replacements and Anthony Watson makes his 100th Premiership appearance.

Hanro Liebenberg, starting at blindside flanker, said: “Harlequins are a dangerous side who we know can score points from anywhere on the field. We’re excited for the challenge with what we know will be a big crowd and include plenty of travelling Tigers fans.”

Joe Marler leads out Quins in his 250th appearance.

Quins head coach Tabai Matson said: “Leicester are the incumbent champions, so we’re looking forward to bouncing back to The Stoop after a week without a game.

“They’ve lost two in a row and so we’re expecting a massive spring back from them this week and we have to be at our best. We’ve had a weekend off and we can’t use that as an excuse to start slow. Their game is attritional and effective. They’re in for the long haul. So we’ve got to have a good gameplan to put them under pressure.” 

Tigers are in the club’s change colours of red shirt and white shorts.

Referee is Mr Adam Leal, in his 20th Premiership fixture in charge.

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WELCOME TO MATCHDAY LIVE!

Wherever you are today, keep up with the action from Leicester Tigers’ trip to Harlequins with Matchday Live on the Tigers App and website at www.leicestertigers.com. Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

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WELCOME TO MATCHDAY LIVE!

Wherever you are today, keep up with the action from Leicester Tigers’ trip to Harlequins with Matchday Live on the Tigers App and website at www.leicestertigers.com. Kick-off is at 3.00pm.


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Tyrone Green
14
Joe Marchant
13
Luke Northmore
12
Andre Esterhuizen
11
Cadan Murley
10
Marcus Smith
9
Danny Care
1
Joe Marler
2
Jack Musk
3
Wilco Louw
4
Dino Lamb
5
Irne Herbst
6
Jack Kenningham
7
Will Evans
8
Archie White

Subs

16
Sam Riley
17
Santiago Garcia Botta
18
Simon Kerrod
19
George Hammond
20
Matas Jurevicius
21
Lewis Gjaltema
22
Tommaso Allan
23
Nick David

Team News | Tigers side to play Harlequins

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Steve Borthwick has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad to play Harlequins on Sunday (October 16) in Round 6 of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership season.

Chris Ashton, Cameron Henderson, Tommy Reffell, Francois van Wyk and Ben Youngs return to the matchday squad after missing last weekend’s match at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Ashton, Reffell and Youngs are named to start, with Henderson and van Wyk included among the replacements.

In his 100th Premiership appearance – and third for Leicester Tigers – Anthony Watson starts on the wing after featuring from the bench in Round 5. 

In his first start of the campaign at blindside flanker, Hanro Liebenberg leads the side with Dan Cole and Youngs named vice-captains. 

Julián Montoya and Jasper Wiese, who made their first appearance of the season last weekend, retain their places in the starting pack.

STARTING XV:
15 Freddie Steward [59]
14 Chris Ashton [16]
13 Harry Potter [45]
12 Matt Scott [50]
11 Anthony Watson [2]
10 Freddie Burns [107]
9 Ben Youngs (vc) [286]
1 James Cronin [5]
2 Julián Montoya [28]
3 Dan Cole (vc) [295]
4 Harry Wells [161]
5 Calum Green [94]
6 Hanro Liebenberg (c) [64]
7 Tommy Reffell [82]
8 Jasper Wiese [46]

REPLACEMENTS:
16 Charlie Clare [57]
17 Francois van Wyk [21]
18 Joe Heyes [105]
19 Cameron Henderson [22]
20 Olly Cracknell [5]
21 Jack van Poortvliet [52]
22 Jimmy Gopperth [5]
23 Nemani Nadolo [40]

Harlequins: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care; 1 Joe Marler (c), 2 Jack Musk, 3 Wilco Louw, 4 Dino Lamb, 5 Irne Herbst, 6 Jack Kenningham, 7 Will Evans, 8 Archie White

Replacements: 16 George Head, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 George Hammond, 20 Matas Jurevicius, 21 Lewis Gjaltema, 22 Tommy Allan, 23 Nick David

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Harlequins
HarlequinsHAR85032392093032294226
5
Leicester Tigers
Leicester TigersLEI8404209212-327304222
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Past Meeting
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Past Meeting
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