Cadan Murley scored two tries as Gallagher Premiership champions Harlequins beat Newcastle Falcons 24-10 to record their third straight win.
Quins picked up all five points in each of those wins, although the final score here suggests the game was more comfortable than it was, against a side that have lost their last eight league games.
It was all about the hosts being more clinical in taking their risks when they came on as the Falcons, who had more possession, let a string of them slip away.
Harlequins opened the scoring in the fifth minute when fly-half Tommy Allan produced a superb mid-range break that led him down the left wing, with his inside pass giving Huw Jones an easy entry .
Allan added the conversion for good measure as the hosts continued to comfortably fend off Newcastle’s bid to respond to their first setback.
The Falcons turned down the chance to get on the board with a simple penalty in front of the posts and quickly regretted the move when George McGuigan struck after tapping out and leaving.
It was a decision they did not repeat, as Will Haydon-Wood knocked them out of the mark after another close-range penalty was awarded.
Having had little ball for around 15 minutes, Quins reasserted himself just before the half-hour mark when Danny Care received possession of a maul before his pass cleared Murley across the line.
The number three try for the hosts came in the 32nd minute when Tyrone Green received the pass from Andre Esterhuizen before using his pace down the right and putting Louis Lynagh in the clear.
Newcastle recovered just before half-time as Tom Marshall, making his first Premiership start, ducked in after Haydon-Wood, who later converted, was tackled just short of the line.
It cut the gap to 19-10 at the break and Harlequins then sent Luke Northmore to the trash after 53 minutes for a deliberate forward.
He was soon joined there by Care, who tackled an opponent without the ball a few yards from his own line two minutes later.
With the Falcons temporarily having a two-man advantage, Haydon-Wood then crossed the try line trying to stretch an arm over it to score.
Quins survived their 13-man spell and they then got the bonus point in the 69th minute when Murley was placed in the bottom left corner by the restored Care for his second try of the night.
This eventually caught the competition’s attention when it came to hosts, as visitors wondered what could have been.
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