Harlequins outclass Gloucester
MATCH REPORT: Alex Dombrandt’s second-half try and the boot of Marcus Smith handed Harlequins a 23-19 win in a topsy-turvy encounter against Gloucester Rugby.
Quins were outscored by three tries to two on Sunday at the Stoop but held on for only their second league win of the season.
Ollie Thorley crossed for a first-half double for the Cherry & Whites who have now slipped to a fifth defeat in a row in all competitions.
Ross Chisholm’s first-half score and the boot of Smith had Quins back in front early in the second period, until Ben Morgan’s try re-gave Gloucester the lead.
Man of the match Dombrandt then wriggled over just after the hour mark to put Quins back in front.
Billy Twelvetrees missed a late penalty in the wind in south west London that would have given Gloucester the win and Smith showed him how to do it with a final penalty to seal the victory.
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) December 1, 2019
Tries: Chisholm, Dombrandt
Cons: Smith 2
Pens: Smith 3
Tries: Thorley, Morgan
Cons: Cipriani 2
Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Cadan Murley, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 James Lang, 11 Gabriel Ibitoye, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Chris Robshaw (Captain), 6 Tom Lawday, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Will Collier, 2 Elia Elia, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Jack Musk, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Tevita Cavubati, 20 Semi Kunatani, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Francis Saili, 23 Travis Ismaiel
Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Ben Morgan (captain), 7 Lewis Ludlow, 6 Ruan Ackermann, 5 Franco Mostert; 4 Alex Craig, 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson; 2 Franco Marais, 1 Val Rapava-Ruskin.
Replacements: 16 Corné Fourie, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Freddie Clarke, 20 Jake Polledri, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Matt Banahan
Referee: Carig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Dean Richards & Jonathan Healy.
TMO: Sean Davey & Karl Dickson.