Match Report – Cardiff Rugby 15 – 54 Harlequins

Harlequins' Nick David in action against Cardiff

Harlequins’ Nick David in action versus Cardiff

Harlequins took a huge stride towards advancing to the knockout phases of.
the Champions Cup with a bonus-point success over Cardiff in a thrilling video game at.
a sold-out Arms Park.

Cardiff completed increasingly in the very first half hour however were then out-gunned by some exciting play from the visitors, who ran in 8 attempts in the 54-15 win.

Jack Walker, Will Evans, Andre Esterhuizen, Will Beard, Dillon Lewis, Fin Baxter, Tyrone Green and Marcus Smith all touched down for Quins.

England fly-half Smith transformed 7 of the shots in an individual points tally of 19.

Thomas Young scored 2 shots for Cardiff, with Tinus de Beer including a charge and a conversion.

Smith led out Quins on his 150th look for the club, however they were quickly behind when De Beer kicked a fourth-minute charge.

Early ferocity from Cardiff rattled their challengers and it led to a shot for the Welsh area. Quins stopped working to handle a well-judged cross-field kick from De Beer, with lock Seb Davies knocking the ball into the course of Young who raced 40 metres to the line.

Quins quickly reacted with a shot from Walker after an unstoppable line-out drive, before Cardiff made 2 errors in fast succession to offer the Londoners another assaulting platform.

Willis Halaholo knocked on before De Beer lost significant ground by kicking directly into touch. As an outcome, the visitors had the ability to win a charge however they rejected an easy kick at objective in favour of more assaulting choices, nevertheless, it showed the incorrect call.

The hosts suffered an injury blow when young full-back Webcam Winnett was led off and stopped working an HIA, however they still led 8-7 at the end of an engaging very first quarter.

Cardiff then produced a spectacular 2nd shot. On the midway line, they skillfully produced for Harri Millard to make ground down the best flank before Tomos Williams was on hand to offer Young with his 2nd shot.

The English attire responded quickly to score a shot of equivalent benefit. Quick hands and outstanding ball-retention absorbed the defence leaving Esterhuizen with a 30-metre confrontation.

The home entertainment was now spectacular as Quins searched in desperate difficulty by themselves line, however in some way Smith created a space to send out Will Evans racing to near midway. With guys in assistance, Evans selected to kick as Tomos Williams had the ability to rush back and conserve the day.

Nevertheless, Quins were not to be rejected as a strong from Nick David established a shot for Evans before more extraordinary handling saw Beard simply hold back a cover deal with from Mason Grady for the bonus offer point and a 28-15 half-time lead.

Within 4 minutes of the reboot, Quins had another when Care offered Smith a walk-in shot after the Cardiff defence was torn to shreds.

With Quins securely in control, the action slowed however the visitors were still able to stress their supremacy with late shots from front-rowers Lewis and Baxter before Green took his side past the 50-point mark.

Leinster and Exeter development to knock-outs however pricey beats for Sale, Bristol

Leinster continued their 100 percent start in the Champions Cup with a squashing success over Stade Francais on Saturday.

Swimming pool 4 competitors Sale still have work to do to join them in the last 16, nevertheless, after decreasing to a bonus-point defeat versus Stormers in South Africa.

Leinster were extremely excellent as they ran in 7 attempts in an emphatic 43-7 win at the Aviva Arena.

James Lowe started the thrashing after 17 minutes and Josh van der Flier and Dan Sheehan included more ratings before the break.

Jordan Larmour and Caelan Doris then declared 2 each after the break with Stade Francais restricted to a late alleviation from Joris Segonds.

Sale were edged out by 4 attempts to 3 as they suffered a 31-24 loss in Cape Town.

Attempts from Hacjivah Dayimani and Suleiman Hartzenberg offered Stormers an early benefit and, with Leolin Zas later on scoring 2, the hosts had the ability to remain ahead in spite of replies from Jonny Hill, Agustin Creevy and Sam Bedlow.

Bedlow was sin-binned in a remarkable ending however the Sharks stick on for their bonus offer point as Manie Libbok, who had earlier kicked 11 points, missed out on the resulting charge.

Henry Slade’s late touchline conversion of Zack Wimbush’s shot protected Exeter a 19-17 success over Glasgow which sealed their location in the knockout phases.

The Chiefs might have lost in a remarkable end to the match, however, as Glasgow protected a five-metre scrum from the reboot.

It was Exeter’s put-in however the ball ran loose for replacement Euan Ferrie to crash over however TMO replays revealed he had actually broken from the scrum early and the shot was prohibited.

Likewise in Swimming Pool 3, Munster improved their hopes of reaching the next stage with a 29-18 victory at Toulon

The Irish province tracked 10-0 at an early stage however recuperated to lead 17-13 at the break and after that powered on to their very first success in this season’s competitors with shots from Tom Ahern and Calvin Nash.

Alex Nankivell and Simon Zebo had actually crossed in the very first half in action to Duncan Paia’aua’s early rating while Jack Crowley landed 3 conversions and a charge.

In Swimming Pool One, Bristol‘s hopes of reaching the knockout phases were dealt a significant problem as South African oppositions the Bulls beat them 31-17 at Ashton Gate.

The west nation club should now beat Connacht in Galway to have even an outdoors opportunity of making the last 16, however they are still most likely to be dependent on outcomes somewhere else.

Bristol Bears' Gabriel Ibitoye (left) is tackled by Vodacom Bulls' Khutha Mchunu

Bristol Bears’ Gabriel Ibitoye (left) is dealt with by Vodacom Bulls’ Khutha Mchunu

Bristol were subdued by a physical, relentless Bulls group, yielding attempts to wing Sergeal Petersen, prop Khutha Mchunu, flanker Elrigh Louw and hooker Jan-Hendrik Wessels, with fly-half Johan Goosen kicking 3 conversions and a charge, and centre David Kriel landing one conversion.

Bulls’ bonus-point victory owed whatever to their frustrating scrummaging supremacy, with Bristol limited to attempts from scrum-half Kieran Marmion, wing Gabriel Ibitoye and number 8 Magnus Bradbury, plus one AJ MacGinty conversion.

The Gallagher Premiership side might have no problems, while the Bulls highlighted qualifications as a force in the 24-team competitors.

Connacht slipped to their 3rd succeeding defeat as they were beaten 34-20 in their Swimming pool One encounter at Lyon

Sean Jansen stunned the hosts with an early shot however the French side countered through Thaakir Abrahams and Alexandre Tchaptchet.

Cian Prendergast and Tadgh McElroy touched down to keep Connacht in contention however, with 12 points from the boot of Paddy Jackson and more shots from Mickael Guillard and Abrahams, Lyon had enough.

Ulster‘s hopes of going through stay in the balance after they were subdued 48-24 by Swimming pool 2 leaders Toulouse

Antoine Dupont remained in inspired type, scoring 2 of his side’s 7 shots and contributing to a variety of others as the French side protected their area in the last 16.

Peato Mauvaka likewise touched down two times after Matthis Lebel had actually opened the scoring. Alexandre Roumat included another in a dominant very first hour.

Tom Stewart, Will Addison and Nick Timoney brought back some respectability to the scoreline for Ulster however Emmanuel Meafou put the seal on Toulouse’s performance.Thomas Ramos weighed in with 11 points.

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