Harlequins v Worcester Warriors

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  • WELCOME to the Twickenham Stoop for tonight's live coverage of the Aviva Premiership clash between reigning champions Harlequins and Worcester Warriors (7.45pm).
  • For Warriors, Samoan speedster David Lemi returns on the left wing after representing his country in the Autumn Internationals, while Alex Grove returns to the starting XV in place of the injured Joe Carlisle.

9:47pm

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9:47pm

Right, press conference time - I reckon Hilly will be pleased with the point at the home of the champions, but infuriated by his side's poor discipline.

9:45pm

9:43pm

9:43pm

 
 

9:32pm

FULL-TIME: QUINS 22-19 WARRIORS

9:32pm

Richard Hill imlplores Goodey to get the ball off the pitch with the clock dead, but Warriors deep in their own half.

The fly-half does so and Warriors securte a losing bonus point. Decent effort from Worcester tonight, but their discipline ultiamtely cost them.

9:23pm

With a penalty advantage in the bag from a powerful driving line-out, Evans wastes no time in knocking over a drop-goal.

Quins 22-19 Warriors

9:22pm

Penalty to Quins for Warriors collapsing the scrum. Evans again goes to the corner rather than risking a shot at goal.

9:20pm

Into the last 10 minutes now with the two sides locked together.

9:18pm

TRY Warriors! Goodey launches a long pass out wide to Alex Grove, who breaks the line and sends replacement Errie Claassens sliding towards the line. Referee Pearce speaks to his touch judge and awards the try.

Goode misses the conversion, but the scores are level.

Quins 19-19 Warriors

9:13pm

Another decent spell by Worcester, but they are lacking the cutting edge to open Quins up.

9:11pm

Warriors finding it difficult to get hold of the ball and are dropping it most of the time they do have it. A Quins forward pass hands them possession now though, so hopefully they can use it well.

9:08pm

 

9:06pm

Evans chips the ball between the posts.

Quins 19-14 Warriors

9:05pm

Quins get a big hit on Warriors' put-in, drive the visitors back and win a kickable penalty.

9:05pm

Quins win the line-out, but are hit for truck and trailer to hand the ball back to Worcester.

9:04pm

Warriors' scrum hits the deck, but Evans opts to go for the corner instead of goal.

9:03pm

Tom Guest on for Quins....sounds like a good player to me!

9:03pm

Lutui and Schofield on for Shervington and Chris Jones.

8:55pm

Two minutes left with 14 men.

8:55pm

Good spell of ball-retention takes Warriors into the Quins 22, but Ceri Jones id hit for not releasing and the hosts clear.

8:50pm

Warriors are penalised for closing the gap on their own line-out and Evans pumps the penalty to the 22.

8:47pm

The second-half is under way, can 14-man Warriors hold out until Taulava returns.

8:34pm

Half-time: Quins come roaring back from a strong start by Warriors, to snatch the lead on the stroke of half-time.

David Lemi's early score was cancelled out by a Matt Hopper try, while Nick Evans has kicked 11 points to Andy Goode's nine.

However, Lemi was also binned earlier in the half and Warriors will now be without Taulava for the first 10 minutes of the second-half. Yellow cards could well prove costly to Warriors.

8:32pm

Quins batter the Warriors line with the clock dead and the visitors are forced to scramble and that results in Semisi Taualava being binned for killing the ball.

Evans knocks over the resulting penalty.

Quins 16-14 Warriors

8:29pm

Warriors getting a bit ragged as half-time approaches, conceding a penalty as they scramble to recover from knocked-on possession.

8:27pm

TRY Quins! The hosts secure scrum ball and go left, where Matt Hopper hits the line at top speed and bursts over the line to score by the posts. Evans adds the extras.

Quins 13-14 Warriors

8:26pm

Yep, the Scotland international replaces John Andress, who has gone fairly well, but has picked up an injury.

8:25pm

In the meantime, Lemi is back on and it looks like Euan Murray is coming on too.

8:25pm

Quins set up camp on the Warriors line, but Worcester manage to intercept.

However, instead of clearing to touch, the ball goes to Taulava, who is tackled in goal.

8:24pm

A lovely strike from Goodey, which sails through the posts.

Quins 6-14 Warriors

8:18pm

Shervington finds Percival at the line-out, but the maul is dragged down and Goode has another shot at goal.

8:15pm

Pennell carries the ball well from deep, but it's not going for Warriors at the moment as they are hit for holding on. Quins launch the ball to touch.

8:13pm

Via the upright, Nick Evans manages to land the penalty.

Quins 6-11 Warriors

8:12pm

Warriors go down to 14 men as Lemi is sent to the bin for handling in the ruck as Quins press near the Worcester try line.

8:07pm

Goode strokes the ball home.

Quins 3-11 Warriors

8:07pm

Brilliant work on the floor by Kvesic forces a turn-over from the re-start and Best then rattles into contact and wins a penalty. Good stuff from Warriors.

8:06pm

Nick Evans knocks the simple kick over.

Quins 3-8 Warriors

8:06pm

Quins go over, but are just held up. Referee Luke Pearce was playing penalty advantage though, so the hosts will take a shot at goal.

8:05pm

Quins go over, but are just held up. Referee Luke Pearce was playing penalty advantage though, so the hosts will take a shot at goal.

8:05pm

Quins go over, but are just held up. Referee Luke Pearce was playing penalty advantage though, so the hosts will take a shot at goal.

8:02pm

Line-out to Quins just inside the Warriors 10m line after Worcester were hit for not rolling away.

8:01pm

Worcester have had the nudge at scrum-time so far and win a free-kick, but Goodey opts for the up-and-under and it's too big and easily marked.

7:59pm

 

7:57pm

 

7:57pm

Quins win the line-out, but knock the ball on as they try to work a training ground move. Let off for Warriors.

7:56pm

Goode defence from Warriors, but when Neil Best steals the ball, the referee says he went in from the side. Quins turn down the posts to go for the corner.

7:55pm

Goode defence from Warriors, but when Neil Best steals the ball, the referee says he went in from the side. Quins turn down the posts to go for the corner.

7:52pm

Goode drills the ball through the posts.

Quins 0-8 Warriors

7:51pm

Quins run out of defence, but are hit for off feet. Chance for Goodey to add to the score from bang in front.

7:49pm

TRY Warriors! Alex Grove fires a long pass to switch the focus of attack, Goode finds Pennell, who draws the tackle and superbly off-loads to David Lemi, who wriggles over in the corner.

Goode hits the upright with his conversion attempt.

Quins 0-5 Warriors

7:46pm

Good start from Worcester as Nick Evans has to pick up a loose ball and is tackled back over the line. Scrum 5...

7:46pm

Goodey gets us under way.

7:45pm

 

7:44pm

The Warriors players are on the pitch....finally joined by Andy Goode!

7:44pm

7:41pm

Five minutes until kick-off here at The Stoop. Can Warriors make it back-to-back Friday night wins?

The Sixways side are not traditionally great travellers, though, and haven't won on the road in the league since the 6-0 success at Wasps nearly 12 months ago.

 

7:39pm

Three former Quins players in the Worcester starting XV tonight - captain James Percival, Ceri Jones and John Andress. Sure they'll all have a point to prove against their former employers.

 

7:38pm

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7:27pm

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