Super Quins stun Tigers
Harlequins got their LV= Cup campaign off to a tremendous start with a richly deserved 34-25 success at Welford Road.
The visitors fielded a strong side and outscored a disappointing Leicester side by three tries to one. Nick Evans proved to be the star turn, controlling play and scoring 19 points.
Apart from a strong scrummaging effort the Tigers were largely lifeless until the last 10 minutes and managed only six penalties from Billy Twelvetrees and a late penalty try.
Twelvetrees and Evans had shared four kicks apiece to tie the game at 12-12 when the first try arrived in the 33rd minute. Quins broke away from a scrum 35 metres out and Tomas Vallejos sold a neat dummy to score the try which Evans converted before he missed with a long-range penalty.
Just before the interval Leicester were dealt a double blow when Rob Hawkins was sin-binned and Evans kicked the resulting penalty to leave the Tigers 22-12 adrift.
Twelvetrees cut into that lead with his fifth penalty six minutes into the second half, and Leicester received a further boost with the return of Hawkins with no major damage to the scoreline.
However almost immediately Quins scored their second try when Gonzalo Camacho fielded a kick ahead to race away and feed the supporting Tom Guest for the score which Evans again converted.
Harlequins lost former Leicester centre Ollie Smith through injury before Twelvetrees gave the Tigers a glimmer of hope with another penalty with a quarter of the match remaining, before being immediately substituted and replaced by Manu Tuilagi.
Harlequins effectively put the game beyond Leicester with their third try, after 65 minutes. Receiving the ball from a line-out, Evans put in a beautifully judged cross-field kick which Camacho collected to score.
With eight minutes to go the Harlequins scrum lost Chris Brooker to the sin-bin. Down to a seven-man pack, the visitors conceded a penalty try which George Ford converted, but despite coming under severe pressure they prevented further scores.