By Nick Pearce at the Twickenham Stoop Published: 5:34PM GMT twenty February 2010Full force: Harlequins" Chris Robshaw (right) is tackled by Northampton"s Ben Foden Photo: GETTY IMAGES
A arrangement of unrestrained and role from Harlequins put a hole in Northamptons pretension ambitions after an uncharacteristically bad opening from the visitors on a glacial afternoon in the capital.
The tinge was set from the initial alarm with Quins rising themselves in to each plunge into with propensity and they showed a little genuine aggressive verve. As a outcome they took the lead after usually 3 mins around a Nick Evans penalty.Rugby Union formula Rugby Union fixtures Sport on radio London Irish oath no holds barred conflict opposite Harlequins Jaded Harlequins compensate chastisement for success Guinness Premiership previews
Returning skipper Will Skinner epitomized their bid and his eager acclaim after his side won a scrum warranted him a punch from Juandre Kruger that wasnt longed for by the referee. Evans stepped up to take on the chastisement from the ten-metre line and strike it sweetly to magnify his sides lead.
The Saints England hopefuls Ben Foden and Chris Ashton so electric in new weeks were the victims of a little suffocating home counterclaim and the examination Ugo Monye can be assured of maintaining his place in the behind 3 to one side Delon Armitage.
Northampton looked to be abandoned of ideas and outlayed majority of the initial duration in their own half. And at the finish of the opening entertain Quins done their prevalence equate by scoring the games usually try by Mike Brown.
A cross-field flog from Evans was claimed by David Strettle who looked inside to feed Brown usually for the full-back to be hold up agonisingly short.
But from the ensuing five-metre scrum Evans and George Lowe total to put Brown over for a deserved score.
Stephen Myler endured a formidable afternoon and after blank his opening 3 kicks he was presented with dual easier chances following the mangle that were duly finished with to put Northampton inside of a converted try.
Mylers contrast time on the margin was finished on the hour symbol when Shane Geraghty transposed him and the surrogate playmaker supposing Northampton with some-more citation but unfortunately an similarly bad lapse with the boot.
Two aggressive line-outs low in Quins domain gave the Saints a last possibility at withdrawal with some-more than a losing reward point but on both occasions the hosts stubborn counterclaim hold out.
Remarking on his sides initial joining win given December, John Kingston, the Harlequins head coach, said: "The power of the opening from the guys was superb today. I dont think they probably got the rewards that their prevalence deserved."
Harlequins: M Brown; D Strettle, G Lowe, J Turner-Hall, T Williams (S Smith 58); N Evans, K Dickson; C Jones, M Cairns (C Brooker 74), J Andress, J Percival, L Stevenson, C Robshaw, W Skinner [capt], T Guest. Northampton: B Foden; C Ashton, J Clarke (C Mayor 64), J Downey, P Diggin; S Myler (S Geraghty 59), L Dickson; S Tongauiha, B Sharman (A Long 64), E Murray (B Mujati 59), I Fernandez-Lobbe (M Easter 55), J Kruger, C Lawes (S Gray 79), N Best, P Dowson [capt]. Referee: JP Doyle (RFU)