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'Quins move to fifth spot in Premiership

MATCH REPORT: Joe Marchant’s double inspired Harlequins to a 40-5 win over Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham that boosted the West London side’s hopes of securing a semi-final spot.

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Quins were 26-0 up at half-time after a superb display in the opening 40 minutes that saw Cadan Murley, Josh Bassett, Sam Riley and Marchant all cross the whitewash.

Jack Innard got a try back for Chiefs after the break, but Marchant’s second and Stephan Lewies’ try from the back of a driving maul wrapped up the win for Quins.

The result leaves the hosts in fifth with a game in hand over fourth-place side Northampton Saints, while Chiefs are in seventh

The scorers:

For Harlequins:
Tries: Murley, Bassett, Riley, Marchant 2, Lewies
Cons: Smith 5

For Exeter:
Tries: Innard

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Teams:

Harlequins: 15 Nick David, 14 Cadan Murley, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care; 1 Joe Marler, 2 George Head, 3 Wilco Louw, 4 Dino Lamb, 5 Stephan Lewies (captain), 6 Jack Kenningham, 7 James Chisholm, 8 Tom Lawday
Replacements: 16 Sam Riley, 17 Fin Baxter, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Will Evans, 21 Luke Wallace, 22 Scott Steele, 23 Luke Northmore

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Josh Hodge, 14 Jack Nowell (captain), 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Solomone Kata, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Sam Maunder; 1 Scott Sio, 2 Jack Innard, 3 Harry Williams, 4 Jonny Gray, 5 Dafydd Jenkins, 6 Jacques Vermuelen, 7 Christ Tshiunza, 8 Sam Simmonds
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Danny Southworth, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Jack Dunne, 20 Dave Ewers, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Joe Simmonds, 23 Tom Hendrickson

Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant Referees: Sara Cox and Gareth Holsgrove.
TMO: Dean Richards.

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