Harlequins beat Worcester at The Stoop to stay at the top the table, seven points clear of the second team, Saracens.

They beat Worcester 16 to 14, with just two points separating the two sides.

A heavy downpour prior to the match made playing conditions very tough for both the teams and the Premiership leaders had to battle it out to get past Worcester to keep their lead intact.

It was Evan’s boots that ensured that Harlequins win in the match though he missed two chances in the second half. Worcester put in a lot of pressure in the early stages of the match and this was rewarded after Gray converted a sixth minute penalty to get them very important points. George Lowe returned to play for the Harlequins for the first time since November and he produced a brilliant try saving tackle to deny the flying wing of Worcester but Benjamin bundled over just a few seconds later.

Mike Brown, the English full back who recently returned from domestic duties came very close to scoring the first points for Harlequins but he just was not able to get his hands on a chip ahead.

Marcel Garvey made a brilliant sixty yard break but could not keep his composure and make the decisive pass to Benjamin. Harlequins finally scored some points when Evans successfully converted his penalty in the twenty second minute of the game.

Harlequins gained a very crucial five point advantage just after sixty minutes into the game as Evans scored a three pointer but Worcester were proving to be a determined oppositions as they won a penalty from the scrum and Gray made most of the chances to make it 16 points to 14. Evans missed two important kicks at goals as Harlequins scrum won their team two excellent late penalties but they both proved to be just academic.

Harlequins won a thrilling encounter against Worcester to take a seven point lead over Saracens at the top of the Aviva Premiership.


Harlequins will be entering into the last and final game of the Heineken cup pool game and will be putting in their best effort to make sure they emerge victorious and make it to the quarter final stage of the Heineken cup.

They have brought about one crucial change to the position of the players hoping that this might help them to perform better than that of their last game which ended in a victory against Gloucester.

Harlequins are quite contented with their performance and hoping to continue the winning streak and finally make it to the quarter final league.

Sam Smith has been introduced to play at the starting lineup which has been initiated in the left wing. Monye on the other hand has been moving on to the right wiong position and Tom Williams has decided to take an off from the current matches as he wants to be with his wife who is expecting the birth of their baby.

Both, Joe Marler and Chris booker have been brought to the front alongside and will be playing alongside James Johnston and this hopes to be quite a promising position for an excellent game play.

There will be no changes brought to be the back row and will consist of the same old Chris Rob Shaw, Nick Easter and Maurie Fa’asavalu. With these changes at hand, Harlequins will keep up the same spirit of the game they have put on in the last match against Gloucester.

They will make sure that all their shots are perfectly times and all the players remained focused at all times trying to understand the weak areas of their opponents and make the most out of it by attacking their opponent’s weak areas. Lets hope to see whether they do manage to win it.


Harlequins were unconvincing in their return to winning ways after last week’s defeat to Saracens.

At a number of times in their clash with Exeter they looked likely to record back to back defeats before coming through 11-9.

Quins lost for the first time in the league last weekend and the pressure was on for them to bounce back in style against Exeter. It was an unconvincing performance from the league leaders, in particular from Rory Clegg.

Having previously missed five of his six attempts in the game, the fly half stepped up with four minutes remaining on the clock to successfully kick the Quins to a narrow victory, they would have been expected to win a lot more comfortably.

Following their back to back games against Toulouse, the Quins have suffered from something of a European hangover with poor displays against both Saracens and Exeter and the pressure will be on for an instant bounce back with not only victory against Northampton this weekend, but also a good performance. With the Six Nations 2012 betting picking up momentum now, Harlequins need to make sure they have enough points on the board to cope without their internationals when the tournament starts.

Despite Clegg’s disappointing display with the boot he was impressive in the rest of his game, defending well and providing a strong platform for his backs to build on. But the Quins have been used to a far more dominant and consistent display at fly half from Kiwi, Nick Evans.

Since arriving in the Premiership two years ago Exeter have consistently surprised people with their strong performances and this was also the case against the league leaders. They dominated up front and defended bravely throughout the game.

In fact it is fair to say they deserved more from the game than the losing bonus point they ended up with. Whilst they were reliant on missed kicks from Clegg, Exeter came closer to defeating Quins than any side had done prior to Sarries victory last weekend.

It will be interesting to see how Harlequins respond to this seeming dip in form, the next few games will no doubt tell us a lot about their title credentials, and whether they are contenders for the Betfair Heineken cup Rugby betting.

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14 wins in a row, top of the Premiership and looking good in their European and LV Cup groups; things are looking good at the Stoop so far this season. The next two games look set to prove an all together new level of challenge for on form Harlequins when they take on French Champions and early pace setters in the Top 14, Toulouse.

The Quins are already seen by many within the game as Champions elect of England and their encounter with Toulouse will show just how far they are from being a real force to be reckoned with on the European stage. If they can get a result in either game against one of the favourites for the Heineken Cup Trophy they will have to be taken seriously come the business end of the European season.

Quins will be confident they are capable of giving Toulouse a real game. Last month, Gloucester, who have looked mediocre in the Premiership this season gave Toulouse a real run for their money and it took a moment of magic from Poitrenaud to salvage the win for Toulouse. Quins have looked a class above Gloucester so far this season, and if they can turn it on against the French giants the next two encounters could be amongst the games of the season.

The Quins need to ensure they don’t show Toulouse too much respect. With names such as McAlister, Burgess and Pointrenaud to name but a few it is of the utmost importance that Harlequins can impose themselves on the game and not freeze in the face of these, undoubtedly world class performers.

If the Quins can keep their head though, and maintain the form they have shown throughout this campaign so far they will give Toulouse a real game though, particularly in a full Twickenham Stoop Stadium on Friday night. The Quins have seemingly already proved themselves as a domestic force to be reckoned with over the next few years, the next two games give them the chance to prove themselves on the bigger stage.


Gonzalo Camacho has left harlequins to join Exeter in a major deal. The 26-year-old Argentina international spent two seasons with Quins, appearing on 30 occasions for the London club.

Exeter boss Rob Baxter said: “He is a very tough competitive player which is obviously very attractive to us.

“He’s a really good signing for us and a different kind of player to what we have here already.”

With four recent international caps to his name, Camacho is likely to be in contention for a place in Argentina’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup in New Zealand.


Nick Evans has said that harlequins have a very prosperous future if they can build on that success. The New Zealander landed a touchline conversion of Gonzalo Camacho’s late try to snatch a 19-18 victory from Stade Francais in stunning fashion.

“I heard Sir Alex Ferguson say the first trophy’s the toughest,” he said.

“Now we have got this one, hopefully we can really push on and create a bit of a dynasty with the people we’ve got.”

Evans, at 30, is one of the senior citizens in a side in which nine of Friday’s starting XV were 25 or under.


Harlequins have officially confirmed the signing of centre Tom Cheeseman today.

The former Wales Under-19 international arrives at Quins from Newport Dragons, where he was on loan from Bath.

The 24-year-old, who made 83 appearances in six seasons at The Rec, has been brought in to cover for the injured Ollie Smith.

“He has a huge amount of experience, which will be valuable as we push on to the end of the season,” said Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea.

“With every squad being so stretched at this point in the season, we are delighted to be able to add a player of Tom’s calibre to the squad.”


Lewis Stevenson has signed a new contract with Ulster for two years. The 26-year-old, who will move after completing the season at Harlequins, is seen as a replacement for Ryan Caldwell who is leaving Ravenhill to join Bath.

Lewis Stevenson, who has represented Ireland at Schools, Under-19 and Under-21 levels, had an earlier spell with Ulster before joining Exeter Chiefs.

“It was always my intention to come back to Ulster with a bit of experience under my belt,” said Stevenson.


Harlequins Chris Brooker has been handed a new contract till 2013. The 24-year-old, who moved to The Stoop from Bath in 2007, has made 56 appearances for the Londoners.

Brooker is the latest English-qualified young front rower to re-sign for Quins after Joe Marler and James Johnston also recently agreed new contracts.

“I am really happy to have re-signed for Quins,” he said. “This is a team that has so much potential, and a great team spirit.”


Harlequins rugby union secured a fantastic win against the London wasps. After visiting winger Richard Haughton had quickly cancelled out home prop Joe Marler’s early try, full-back Mark van Gisbergen’s conversion put Wasps ahead.

But quick tries from full-back Mike Brown and England number eight Nick Easter sent Quins in 17-7 at the break.

And the only second-half score was a penalty from Wasps’ Dave Walder.

Just four days before national manager Martin Johnson names his Six Nations squad, England attack coach Brian Smith saw both Marler, the 20-year-old prop called up to the England training camp as injury cover during the autumn internationals, and Easter get on the scoresheet.