Rona double steers London Irish to 15-29 win over Harlequins

Marcus Smith finished on the losing side
Marcus Smith finished on the losing side

Harlequins 15-29 London Irish, Twickenham Stoop

Curtis Rona scored a double as London Irish went on to beat Harlequins 15-29 in the 10th round of the Gallagher Premiership clash at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.

This is London Irish's fourth win from 10 games as they move to the eighth position in the table while Harlequins are at seventh place.

London Irish made most of the early exchanges with Matt Rogerson scoring the opening try in the seventh minute and Stephen Myler followed it with the conversion.

Even though Harlequins responded through a 14th minute penalty kick from Marcus Smith, the Exiles doubled their tally with Rona breaching the defence of Quins to go over the line and with Myler kicking a conversion and a penalty the first half finished with a 3-17 lead for the visitors.

The home side managed to break the shackles in the 52nd minute when Alex Dombrandt dotted down but his effort was negated by a second try from Rona in the 62nd minute. As the final 10 minutes kicked-off, Cadan Murley and Oli Hoskins traded tries as the Exiles completed a 14-point victory.

“We are struggling with injuries. We had Neil Saunders – a young scrum-half – covering our wing because we have no one else. We have 10 fit backs and they are all out of position," said Harlequins head coach Paul Gustard.

“We didn’t get anywhere near and that is testament to the team Declan Kidney has built. He has got a lot of international experience there, 300 tier-one international caps and some of that expertise and nous probably showed at times in wet weather.”

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