Premiership: Harlequins 52-24 Bristol Bears – Quins stage outstanding second-half comeback

Louis Lynagh palmed the ball over the road to attain the primary of his two tries towards Bristol
Harlequins (7) 52
Tries: Lynagh 2, Esterhuizen, Northmore, Collier, Inexperienced, Smith, Dombrandt Cons: Smith 6
Bristol (24) 24
Tries: Joyce, Purdy, Piutau Cons: Sheedy 3 Pen: Sheedy

Two tries from Louis Lynagh helped champions Harlequins stage an exhilarating comeback victory towards Bristol.

First-half tries from Joe Joyce, Henry Purdy and Charles Piutau had given Bristol an early 21-0 lead.

Lynagh hit again however a Callum Sheedy penalty made it 24-7 at half-time.

But Quins got here out revived with Lynagh, Andre Esterhuizen, Luke Northmore, Will Collier, Tyrone Inexperienced, Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt crossing to attain 45 unanswered factors within the second half.

The final time the 2 groups met, in final season’s semi-final, Bristol threw away a 28-point lead and head coach Pat Lam had stated his facet had suffered no psychological scars from that match.

Certainly, Bristol withheld early Quins strain as they noticed two potential tries dominated out for a ahead move and for being held up.

When Bristol then received a scrum, from a Quins put-in in entrance of the posts, it was as if a light-weight switched on and the house facet have been shocked by a sequence of speedy tries.

A intelligent piece of play by Harry Randall opened the scoring with a choose and go, breaking by way of the Quins defence to arrange Jake Kerr. Kerr got here inside a roll of the road, earlier than Joyce took the ball over.

Purdy received the second minutes later, as Bristol dragged the Quins defence out of line. With an overlap of gamers on the surface, Purdy skipped previous, made a dummy and stepped inside and over.

Piutau crossed for the third, on 25 minutes, as Bristol labored the ball by way of the ruck throughout the sector.

Lynagh pulled one again for Quins earlier than half-time, because the Italian-born 20-year-old palmed the ball over in the proper nook, earlier than a Sheedy penalty made it 24-7 at half-time.

Historical past nevertheless, was to repeat itself and, simply as in June, Quins got here out firing within the second-half scoring seven tries to Bristol’s zero.

Lynagh added his second – additionally his fifth of the season – in a neat one-two with Esterhuizen, earlier than the South African went over in the proper nook due to a Dombrandt offload.

With Bristol captain Heenan despatched to the sin-bin, Northmore secured the bonus level and gave the house facet the lead for the primary time, because the floodgates stayed open.

Prop Collier scored his first Premiership attempt after 134 matches, scooping the ball up from the breakdown to make a darting run.

Inexperienced pushed the rating to 38 factors after a wonderful cross-field kick earlier than Smith, on as an harm substitute in his first look of the season, chased down his personal kick by way of the tiniest of gaps to the touch down.

Dombrant intercepted a Sheedy move to finish the Quins champagne celebrations, and go away Bristol once more questioning fairly how the match they have been answerable for had run away from them.

Harlequins: Inexperienced; Lynagh, Marchant, Esterhuizen, Murley; Allan, Care; Marler, Walker, Kerrod, Symons, Lamb, Lawday, Kenningham, Dombrandt (capt).

Replacements: Riley, Baxter, Collier, Tizard, J Chisholm, Steele, Smith, Northmore.

Bristol: C Piutau; Purdy, O’Conor, Bedlow, Adeolokun; Sheedy, Randall; Y Thomas, Kerr, Sinckler, Joyce, Holmes, Vui, Heenan (capt), Harding.

Replacements: Thacker, Woolmore, Lahiff, Hughes, D Thomas, Uren, Lloyd, Leiua.

Sin bin: Heenan (51 minutes).

Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU).

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