Ugo Monye scored a hat-trick against the recently-crowned LV Cup champions in front of a delighted sell-out crowdÃ‚Â at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.
Conor O’Shea’s side earned a bonus point which lifted them toÃ‚Â sixth, level on points with London Irish in fifth and within touching distance of a play-off place and Heineken cup qualification.
After a disappointing end to their own LV= Cup campaign, losing to Newcastle Falcons in theÃ‚Â semi-final, Harlequins were looking to make amends and steer their season back on track.
Standing in for fly-half Nick Evans, 21-year-old Rory Clegg kicked impeccably all game. His penalty got the first points on the board to put Quins 3-0 up in the 10th minute.
The forwards then applied some pressure from a lineout to allow Joe Gray to cross over to score the home side’s first try after 24 minutes, which Clegg converted.
Robinson scored a penalty for the west country visitors, which only spurred Quins on to inflict more damage. In the last five minutes of the first half Chris Robson and Ugo Monye ran in tries, both converted by Clegg.
A penetrating run by George Lowe set up an overlap, which Care exploited by whipping it out wide to Robson who despite fumbling the ball ran straight for the try line unopposed. Monye’s try gave the hosts a commanding 24-3 lead at half time.
The second half continued in much the same vein. Quins bulldozing their way through the cherry and whites poor defence.
After Clegg’s second penalty eight minutes into the second half Monye and George Lowe kept the try tally ticking over.
The same two players were to score again in the dying stages of the game as Gloucester looked simply shell-shocked for 80 minutes, rapid England international Monye grabbing a well deserved hat-trick.
Harlequins director of rugby O’Shea said: “It came from a combination of a lot of hurt we felt from a couple of weeks ago and the run we have been having.
“And with Gloucester you are bound to have a comedown of some sorts when you win a bit of silverware and then they were hit by a team that had a lot of pain, a lot of hurt.”
Gloucester’s worst defeat of the season was also their first loss since New Year’s day, andÃ‚Â head coach Bryan Redpath said:Ã‚Â “We were dreadful. I think Quins had more energy than us, that was pretty obvious.
“In the first half the game was gone at 24-3 because we never controlled any field position or possession.It happened we have got to get on with it and deal with it.”
15 Mike Brown, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 George Lowe, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 5 George Robson, 4 Ollie Kohn, 3 John Andress, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler. Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Ceri Jones, 18 Mark Lambert, 19 Tomas Vallejos, 20 Will Skinner, 21 Dave Moore, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Tom Williams.
15 Freddie Burns, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Tim Molenaar, 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 11 Tom Voyce, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Rory Lawson, 8 Luke Narraway (capt), 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Will James, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Alasdair Dickinson. Replacements: 16 Olivier Azam, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Alex Brown, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Jordi Pasqualin, 22 Henry Trinder, 23 Jonny May
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