6 Pennell – made amends for his missed tackle on Murley with a sublime grubber kick for Howe’s try but was then undone by the bounce of the ball in the lead-up to Quins’ second score.

7 Howe – made a couple of handling errors in the first half but was a dangerous runner and did brilliantly to get on the end of Pennell’s kick to touch down.

6 Te’o – allowed Smith to nudge Quins ahead at half-time after being pinged for not rolling away but was a real handful when he smashed forward.

6 Mills (c) – fronted up defensively but failed to make a telling impact on the game as he was replaced at half-time by Venter.

7 Heem – following the birth of his first child the wing had more to celebrate when he latched onto Weir’s cross-field kick to score and was a threat throughout.

6 Weir – set up Heem’s try and landed two pressure penalties from range but also missed seven points from the tee and his loose pass led to Tapuai’s touchdown.

7 Hougaard – made the odd error but played with bundles of energy, making several bursts into space and put in a decent shift on the wing as well.

7 Black – had a strong 40-minute showing as he scrummaged well and held firm in defence before being replaced at the interval.

6 Annett – aside from one throw being judged to have not gone straight he executed well at the lineout but had to receive a talking to by referee Ruiz for his back-chat.

7 Milasinovich – made his presence felt in the opening period, earning a scrum penalty early on and almost forced his way over the try-line.

6 Fatialofa – was part of a pretty powerful tight-five in the first half but was not as effective in the loose as he made way for Barry at the break.

6 Phillips – after a lively start the lock suffered a blow to the head and although he returned for the second period he was not the same player.

8 KIRWAN – put in some meaty hits, notably slamming Brown to the ground and managed to break the gain-line when he hammered forward. My man of the match.

6 Lewis – got stuck in as usual but was unable to stop Murley going over and his evening’s work lasted 54 minutes before being replaced by fit-again du Preez.

7 Cox – did some great work in the tackle to secure a couple of turnovers for his side but his powerful surges were met with a Quins wall.

Replacements: Taufete’e 6 (Annett 41), Waller 7 (Black 41), Kerrod 7 (Milasinovich 41), Barry 5 (Phillips 38-40, Fatialofa 41), du Preez 6 (Lewis 54), Heaney 6 (Heem 54), Venter 7 (Mills 41). Not used: Van Breda.

Attendance: 6,349.

Referee: A Ruiz.

Harlequins: Brown; Murley, Alofa, Tapuai, Chisholm (Saili 59); Smith (Catrakilis 61), Care; Boyce (Auterac 54), Elia (Crumpton 41), Collier (Ibuanopke 19), Merrick (Glynn 6), Horwill, Bothma (Luamanu 51), Robshaw, Clifford. Not used: Hidalgo-Clyne.


0-5: Murley try, 16mins.

5-5: Heem try, 23mins.

5-8: Smith penalty, 36mins.

Half-time: Worcester Warriors 5-8 Harlequins.

10-8: Howe try, 46mins 13-8: Weir penalty, 61mins.

13-13: Tapuai try, 68mins.

13-15: Catrakilis conv, 69mins.

16-15: Weir penalty, 74mins.

16-18: Catrakilis penalty, 76mins.

Full-time: Worcester Warriors 16-18 Harlequins.