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Watch: Harlequins wrap up Heineken Cup try of the season

By Ian Cameron
Harlequins score try of the season contender /BT Sport

The EPCR won’t have to look far for the winner of the Heineken Champions Cup try of the season. Harlequins produced an absolute screamer against Montpellier in their Round of 16 second leg fixture at the Stoop.

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The French giants came into the game with a 14-point lead from the first leg and with the aggregate score from the home and away matches deciding who proceeds to the quarter-finals, Quins had to produce a special performance and Joe Marchant’s try on 28 minutes was exactly that.

It was a 5-pointer that pretty much had everything.

Firstly Danny Care somehow kept the ball in the ball alive with a reverse tip on to Marcus Smith.

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Smith runs laterally, before throwing a dummy switch, followed by two hitch kick steps, which saw him break up the pitch at speed. He darts between the Montpellier defensive line, carrying the ball past four defenders before passing to centre Cadan Murley.

Murley hits the afterburners, eating up 50 metres of turf in the process before a perfect draw and pass put England centre Marchant in.

It was Harlequins at their swash-buckling best.

Last week Quins were 26-0 down by half-time of the first leg but the comeback kings of English rugby mounted a trademark response to keep alive their hopes of progressing further in Europe.

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This week the Londoners even sought the help of England football manager Gareth Southgate to assist in their bid to outdo the French heavy hitters.

Whatever was said, Quins certainly came to play.

In the end it wasn’t enough though, with Smith missing a late kick that would have taken the Harlequins a point past Montpellier on aggregate.

additional reporting PA

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