Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson pleased with win over Newcastle despite two yellow cards

Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson
Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson
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Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson admitted that he was pleased with his side's win over Newcastle Falcons in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at Twickenham Stoop.

Cadan Murley scored a double while Huw Jones and Louis Lynagh also scored a try apiece as Harlequins registered a 24-10 victory which was their 11th win in 18 games.

The Quins were down to 13 players temporarily in the 52nd minute as Luke Northmore was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on and two minutes later Danny Care also joined him for stripping the ball off George McGuigan but despite the setback they did well not to concede a point which according to Matson was crucial.

“If you told me before the game we’d be getting a 24-10 scoreline, I’d have been over the moon,” he told.

“When we got opportunities, we took them and they probably didn’t.

“They’ll probably have two or three they’ll be really disappointed with, especially when we went down to 13 men, so ‘clinical’ is a good word.

“As always, there are bits of the performance we’re pretty unhappy with and that’s a good sign. To pick up a five-point win at home and be disappointed with parts of the game proves we’re travelling well.

“We actually practiced a yellow card (situation) with Danny off during the week, but we never practiced two yellow cards.

“It turned into a bit of a shambles, but we survived. That’s the main thing.

“It’s a tough old season – I think we’ve got one more home game, so a win like this just keeps us in the hunt for the top four.”

Harlequins' next game will be against Bristol Bears scheduled to be played on 13th March at Ashton Gate.