Gerard Meagher at The Stoop

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Name: Gerard Meagher at The Stoop
Date registered: September 24, 2016
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/premiership

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  1. Lightning quick Marlande Yarde steals Gloucester thunder in Harlequins win — September 9, 2017
  2. Exeter march on but Henry Slade a saint and sinner against Harlequins — April 14, 2017

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Sep 09

Lightning quick Marlande Yarde steals Gloucester thunder in Harlequins win

• Harlequins 28-17 Gloucester
• Home side claim first win of the season in a stormy encounter

Thunder and lightning above the pitch, and a stormy encounter on it – ultimately settled by Marland Yarde’s try as Harlequins overcame a nasty looking injury to their new South African fly-half, Demetri Catrakilis, to claim a first win of the season.

Catrakilis was taken off on a stretcher after 13 minutes when he was struck by a shoulder to the throat and while he was sitting upright as he departed, whenever injured players receive oxygen as they leave the field it does not look good. His replacement – the 18-year-old Marcus Smith, who was also making his home debut – endured a rocky start but eventually guided his side home, playing a significant role in first-half tries for Dave Ward and Charlie Walker.

Related: Rhys Priestland inspires Bath to an impressive victory over Saracens

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Apr 14

Exeter march on but Henry Slade a saint and sinner against Harlequins

• Harlequins 26-39 Exeter
• Eddie Jones on hand to watch Slade and Dave Ewers

Henry Slade’s delightful solo try lit up another bonus point victory for Exeter in which the Chiefs fly-half demonstrated his infuriating habit of dazzling and deflating in equal measure. Eddie Jones was in attendance, casting his eye over a raft of players who are likely to make his squad for the summer tour to Argentina and while Slade will be one of them, his tendency to blow hot and cold belies his unquestionable talent.

As it was, Slade’s dink over the top was a sucker punch for Harlequins, who had just conceded a similar try from Lachie Turner, drafted into the squad just an hour before kick-off, down the right. Up until then Harlequins had been competitive, Nick Evans keeping them in the hunt, but scores from the towering Dave Ewers – another in contention for the trip to South America – Michele Campagnaro, Slade and two for Turner ensured the Chiefs march towards the playoffs, now unbeaten in 13 league matches.

Related: Jack Clifford ruled out of England tour of Argentina with shoulder injury

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