Harlequins 40 London Welsh 3: Monye punishes new boys in front of Lancaster

By Luke Benedict

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It was supposed to be the grand homecoming for the defending champions but it turned into more of a procession than a party as Harlequins put six unanswered tries past the Aviva Premiership new boys.

They did not roll out the welcome mat so much as smack London Welsh over the head with it.

While Harlequins have scored 11 tries in their opening two fixtures and return to the familiar position of the top of the table, London Welsh have conceded 78 points in two games.

Can't catch me: Ugo Monye charges through to score a try for Harlequins against London Welsh

Can't catch me: Ugo Monye charges through to score a try for Harlequins against London Welsh

Making his point: Harlequins wing Monye celebrates after scoring his second try of the night

Making his point: Harlequins wing Monye celebrates after scoring his second try of the night

For a local London derby on a hot Friday night the game lacked a certain spice, but it never really had a chance to get spicy.

In the opening quarter Nick Evans showed precisely why he is the most sought after fly-half in Europe. He set up both the opening tries with a pair of eye-catching manoeuvres — one cross-field kick and one monster floating miss-pass — that summed up why many are willing to pay an arm and a leg for his services.

High jump: London Welsh and Harlequins contest a lineout at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday night

High jump: London Welsh and Harlequins contest a lineout at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday night

Quins are expected to improve his estimated 250,000-a-year contract but director of rugby Conor O'Shea kept his cards close to his chest.

'He takes a very good picture for the front cover of the programme,' O'Shea said. 'Seriously he's an outstanding rugby player, but we do our talking behind the scenes.'

The Exiles head coach Lyn Jones added: 'You pay big money for speed of thought. The trick for us is learning how to deal with the intensity and the speed of the game in the Premiership. If you make a mistake it will cost you dearly. We have a plan, we just need to do it better.'

Baptism of fire: London Welsh have conceded 78 points in two games following promotion

Baptism of fire: London Welsh have conceded 78 points in two games following promotion

The plan was not to concede six tries but braces from winger Ugo Monye — under the watchful gaze of England head coach Stuart Lancaster — and George Robson were followed by run-ins for George Lowe and Ben Botica.

For London Welsh there is no need to panic just yet. The late sin bins of Paulica Ion and Tom Arscott did not help the cause, but what could have become a surrender against the champions at least resembled a fair fight.

 

 

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Well what do you expect when the fourth best team in the league gets promoted, hope that they go straight back down.

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