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Poor game but a good result
Harlequins 0 Gloucester 16

IT certainly wasn’t the most exciting or prettiest Premiership contest.
    Given the fact that Harlequins were in second place in Zurich Premiership table going in to this match, - how ever did they get to that position on this showing?- just one place above Gloucester, it should have been a competitive fixture.
    Any neutrals in the crowd must have been disappointed with the offerings but for Gloucester fans the journey was worthwhile. The first win away from Kingsholm this season Three wins from the last three visits to The Stoop can’t be bad.
    But for ‘Quins’ followers, many were so disenchanted they began to make their exit long before the final whistle. As one wag commented loudly ‘If there are any ‘Quins supporters left would they please shout’!
    Never mind the quality, just look at the score!

    The match was a dire and dour affair with the first half producing only 3 points. Henry Paul missed out with two lengthy attempted penalty kicks. The strong swirling wind did enough to make the difference between points and nothing as one hit the post and the other narrowly missed.
    Even with the wind behind them and a reasonable amount of possession Gloucester made little impact. Once again too many moves were too lateral and predictable with only limited penetration but newcomer Duncan McRae and H.P did began to show signs of some enterprise as the game developed.
    James Forrester and James Simpson Daniel each made strong breaks but both became isolated and ran out of support and the chances came to nothing.
    ‘Quins free scoring winger Ugo Moyne made a strong run but was stopped in his tracks by Sinbad and left the field shortly afterwards with a knee injury.
    Eventually H.P slotted a penalty to give the Cherry and Whites the lead. The visitors had their best chance of scoring a try but skipper Jake Boer was forced into touch by the corner flag at the end of a frustratingly unproductive first half.
    With the wind at their backs Harlequins were expected to crank up the pressure after the interval but it just didn’t happen. Gloucester’s defence was well up to the task. If it was not for that futile trip to Newcastle, the Cherry and Whites could have the best defence in the Premiership.
    Gloucester’s line out functioned better than that of the home side and Henry Paul added a couple more penalties whereas the normally reliable Paul Burke missed his chances.
    Eventually a try did materialise towards the end of the game, when for the second week running centre Robert Todd intercepted a loose pass to score. Paul converted and that was the end of the scoring and virtually the end of the match.
    Whether McRae will provide the cutting edge required behind the scrum remains to be seen but there are signs that with Henry Paul there could well be a combination that should mean there are more points to come from the back division.