Harlequins crush London Scottish

London Scottish huffed and puffed in their friendly at near-rivals Harlequins, but in the end they could not contend with the Premiership firepower that Scottish full-back Jim Thompson later described as “absolutely brutal” to behold as they lost 40-15.

Fly-half Lee Millar opened the scoring for London Scottish, slotting a penalty. Harlequins responded by running at every opportunity, returning loose kicks with full-back Charlie Walker and Danny Care, who himself appeared to loath passing to anyone other than Jordan Turner-Hall who carried relentlessly, attempting to tire the visiting pack. This refusal to kick or play with any tactical nous was entertaining, but it led to neither try-line being bothered for 25 minutes as balls went down and ruckers fell off their feet. London Scottish made the breakthrough with a pushover try from Lewis Calder, only for Tom Guest to peg one back.

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And when the Scottish dam burst, Quins took full advantage. In mere moments they had pushed over for a score with prop Darryl Marfo, helped Tom Williams to stroll over and then 
unleashed captain Luke Wallace who clattered through three pedestrian defenders who had watched his 15m run-up in slackjawed reverence.

Harlequins were juggling balls and pulling name after name into the fray, first with former England winger Paul Sackey, then with Junior World Cup-winning captain Jack Clifford and new prop Paul Doran-Jones.

In the end Quins notched two more tries while Scottish could only muster an extra from Miles Mantella and a 
yellow card from Calder.