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Report | Tigers hold on for away win over Harlequins

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Leicester Tigers held on to secure a vital, one-point, victory over Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop in Round 12 of the 23/24 Gallagher Premiership season.

Despite dominating for much of the match, 'Quins were able to work their way back into the game and be within an inch of victory but for a missed conversion attempt from the home side in the 79th minute meaning Leicester held on to secure the hard-fought, away win.

Tigers were the first to add points, in the 15th minute, with Handré Pollard making it 3-0 from a 40m penalty goal after continued pressure in attack paid off for Tigers.

After dominating pressure for the opening 25 minutes, Leicester looked to have the first try before it was called back by the officials when the last pass was ruled forward from Solomone Kata.

However, with an advantage in their back pocket, the play was brought back and just two phases after the lineout deep inside the Harlequins half, Jasper Wiese crashed over in the right hand corner to make it 0-8 in London.

The back-rower took the ball around the corner from the set piece and barged through a handful of defenders to get the game's first before Pollard extended the lead to ten points, 0-10, approaching the half-hour mark at Twickenham Stoop.

It remained all Tigers in attack until late in the first half when Nick David finished an impressive attack from halfway to get the home side on the scoreboard. 

Quick hands saw full-back Tyrone Green in space before finding his fellow back three member, David, who ran it in for their opening.

A successful conversion attempt from Jarrod Evans saw it back to a three-point game, 7-10, with two minutes left in the first half, where it remained until the break despite a late chance inside the 'Quins half for Leicester.

Just four minutes into the second half and Tigers nearly had a second when Ollie Hassell-Collins picked up a Mike Brown grubber on the fly but was dragged down within inches of the 'Quins line before the hosts counter-rucked and earned back possession with a penalty at the breakdown.

On the 50-minute mark, Harlequins were celebrating a 50m effort for their second try before TMO intervention rubbed out the score after the home side broke the 5m rule at the scrum on halfway to start the move.

Dan McKellar went to his bench just before an hour of play in London with James Whitcombe, Matt Rogerson and Ben Youngs all brought into the game, but it was the home team who had the burst of energy approaching the final quarter when they took the lead - for the first time - in the 59th minute.

A lineout, 10m out from the Leicester line, was mauled forward and hooker Jack Walker is the man to get over for his team's second.

Evans was again on the mark from the tee to make it a four-point game, 10-14, before Tigers took back the lead just two minutes after the home side's second.

A perfectly selected pass from Pollard, down the left-hand side in attack, for Dan Kelly saw the centre in space and he offloaded for Hassell-Collins who swerved his way almost around the last Harlequins defender before offloading inside to Mike Brown who ran it in untouched to take back the lead against his former club.

Pollard converted from near in front of the posts to make Leicester's lead three points, 14-17, with just 15 minutes left in London before making it six, 14-20, with a penalty goal in the 70th minute.

Harlequins get a chance to take back the lead, with five minutes left on the clock, when awarded a penalty before finding touch deep inside the Leicester half.  But, from the lineout maul, they opt to chip kick and Tigers defused the situation with a take under pressure at the back.

Leicester cleared from the free kick and, at the lineout to follow, Sam Carter - on in the second row - spoiled the home side's throw and earned back possession for his team with just two minutes remaining. 

At the scrum to follow, Harlequins pushed the visitors off the ball and won back the ball and chance in attack inside the Tigers half and, through some impressive interplay, found space down the right in attack through full-back Green to get over and make it 19-20 with 50 seconds remaining and a kick to come.

Evans was unable to finish the fairytale for his team and take back the lead with the conversion attempt missing, leaving Leicester in the lead, 19-20, with just seconds left and Tigers, after kicking off, forced Harlequins into an error in attack and secured the one-point, away victory.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

HAR 7-10 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

HAR 19-20 LEI

Attendance

12,263

Referee

Tom Foley

Harlequins
Harlequins
19

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
20
Harlequins
T
C
T
C
T
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
P
T
C
T
C
P

Match Stats

Harlequins
Leicester Tigers
Possession
45%
55%
Territory
41%
59%
Penalties Conceded
6
10
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
141/170 83%
138/164 84%
Scrums Won
7/7 100%
3/4 75%
Lineouts Won
9/11 82%
16/16 100%

Player Stats

Harlequins
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Jamie Shillcock
14Mike Brown1T
13Dan Kelly
12Solomone Kata
11Ollie Hassell-Collins
10Handre Pollard2C2P
9Tom Whiteley
1James Cronin
2Julian Montoya
3Dan Richardson
4Harry Wells
5Kyle Hatherell
6Hanro Liebenberg
7Olly Cracknell
8Jasper Wiese1T
16Finn Theobald-Thomas
17James Whitcombe
18Tim Hoyt
19Sam Carter
20Matt Rogerson
21Finn Carnduff
22Ben Youngs
23Matt Scott

Commentary

TIGERS HOLD ON FOR WIN

Tigers hold on to secure a crucial, one-point, away win over Harlequins, 19-20, at Twickenham Stoop.

79

CONVERSION MISSED

Harlequins are unable to take back the lead with the conversion attempt missed, leaving Leicester in the lead, 19-20, with just seconds left.

TRY | HARLEQUINS

Harlequins find space down the right in attack through full-back Tyrone Green and he gets over to make it 19-20 with 50 seconds remaining and a kick to come.

75

FIVE TO GO AT THE STOP

Harlequins gifted a chance to take back the lead, with five minutes left on the clock, as they are awarded a penalty and find touch deep inside the Leicester half. 

From the lineout maul, they opt to chip kick and Tigers defuse the situation with a take under pressure at the back.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

With just ten minutes remaining in Twickenham, Handré Pollard extends the Tigers lead to six points, 14-20, with a penalty-goal.

CON | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Handré Pollard converts from near in front of the posts to make Leicester's lead three points, 14-17, with 15 minutes left in London.

TRY | MIKE BROWN

Tigers take back the lead, 14-15, in the 64th minute and it's former Harlequin Mike Brown who crosses after a free run to the line for the outside back who runs a perfect support line to receive an inside pass from Ollie Hassell-Collins.

CON | HARLEQUINS

Harlequins now lead by four, 14-10, after the successful conversion from Jarrod Evans.

TRY | HARLEQUINS

The home side, for the first time this evening, are in the lead after mauling their way over for a try on the hour mark at Twickenham Stoop and it's Jack Walker who gets up from the bottom of the pile with the ball and try.

MORE CHANGES FOR TIGERS

Matt Rogerson and Ben Youngs are brought on from the bench by Dan McKellar, approaching the hour mark.

CHANGE UP FRONT FOR TIGERS

A first change made by Dan McKellar, 53 minutes into the game, with James Whitcombe - who was called into the matchday squad this afternoon - on at loosehead prop in place of James Cronin.

50

TMO DENIES HARLEQUINS TRY

Harlequins celebrate a 50m effort which looks to be their second try but, with TMO intervention, the score is overruled after the home side broke the 5m rule at the scrum on halfway to start the move.

45

CHANCE FOR LEICESTER OUT WIDE

Ollie Hassell-Collins, who picks up a Mike Brown grubber on the fly, is dragged down within inches of the 'Quins line before the hosts counter-ruck and earn back possession with a penalty at the breakdown.

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY

Harlequins get the second half underway in London, trailing Tigers by three points, 7-10.

LEICESTER LEAD IN LONDON

Tigers take a three-point, 7-10, lead into the changing rooms at the break in London.

CON | HARLEQUINS

It's back to a three-point game after a successful conversion attempt from Jarrod Evans sees the home side make it 7-10 with two minutes left in the first half.

TRY | HARLEQUINS

The home side are on the scoreboard, through Nick David, after shifting the ball quickly through the hands on halfway and finding space down the right for the wing to run it in and score.

CON | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Handré Pollard extends the lead to ten points, 0-10, after almost half an hour at Twickenham Stoop.

TRY | JASPER WIESE

Jasper Wiese crashes over in the righthand corner to make it 0-8 in London!

25

TIGERS DENIED OUT WIDE

Leicester look to have the first try, 25 minutes into tonight's fixture, but the last pass is ruled forward from Solomone Kata and play is brought back for a Tigers penalty deep in the 'Quins half.

20

TIGHT AFTER TWENTY

Still just the three points in it after the first 'quarter' in London, with Leicester in the lead and having had 60% of possession.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Leicester the first to add points, in the 15th minute, with Handré Pollard making it 3-0 from a 40m penalty-goal.

10

TIGHT FIRST TEN IN TWICKENHAM

Tigers with the majority of possession during the first ten minutes in Twickenham but unable to crack the 'Quins defence as yet.

5

FAST START FROM BOTH TEAMS

Both sides moving the ball in attack during the opening five minutes here in London, in good conditions, in an entertaining start to tonight's game.

KICK OFF IN LONDON

We are underway at Twickenham Stoop as Handré Pollard gets Round 12 of the Gallagher Premiership going!


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Tyrone Green
14
Nick David
13
Will Joseph
12
Andre Esterhuizen
11
Louis Lynagh
10
Jarrod Evans
9
Max Green
1
Fin Baxter
2
Jack Walker
3
Will Collier
4
Joe Launchbury
5
Irne Herbst
6
George Hammond
7
Will Evans
8
James Chisholm

Replacements

16
Sam Riley
17
Santiago Garcia Botta
18
Dillon Lewis
19
Arthur Clark
20
Archie White
21
Lewis Gjaltema
22
Will Edwards
23
Cadan Murley

Preview | Harlequins v Tigers

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Before the Guinness Six Nations takes centre stage next week, a crucial clash in the Gallagher Premiership awaits on Friday night – Leicester Tigers looking to turn over the second-placed Harlequins at their home ground on TNT Sports.

Tigers have won five of their last six league games since falling to ‘Quins at home in early November, but a win at the Stoop would be probably Dan McKellar’s biggest to date and would put Tigers right in the hunt for a top-four place heading into the break.

 TEAM NEWS 

Louis Lynagh starts on the left wing in what is a strong Harlequins outfit despite their Six Nations absentees.

Tigers are without their England internationals and have a reasonably full treatment room which sees a shifted pack including Dan Richardson and Tim Hoyt.

STATS AND FACTS

Leicester Tigers’ only defeat in the last six rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby was 10-29 at Exeter on 23 December.

The Tigers have won away from home twice in Premiership Rugby in 2023/24, at Bath in October and at Gloucester in November.

Harlequins won three of their last four fixtures against Leicester, although the Tigers were victorious on their most recent visit to the Stoop 27-19 in October 2022.

Overall the two clubs have met on 213 previous occasions since the first clash at Mattioli Welford Road in December 1895, with Tigers winning 118 to 85 by Quins and ten games drawn.

Forty of those matches have been at the Twickenham Stoop where Leicester's record is won 24, lost 16.

Solomone Kata and Jasper Wiese made the most post-contact metres in Round 11: 42 and 32 respectively.

Leicester Tigers have won more scrum penalties than any other team this season, a total of 30. They have also stolen the most lineouts (17).

Jasper Wiese has carried the ball into contact more times than any other player in the Premiership (131).

The Tigers have the best rate of goalkicking success in the Premiership (79.2%).

DETAILS

Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers

Round 12, Gallagher Premiership

7:45pm kick off, The Twickenham Stoop

Referee: Tom Foley

Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys, Peter Allan

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Harlequins
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Leicester Tigers
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