Harlequins beat Blues with second-half surge


Harlequins ran in four second-half tries as they claimed a 32-20 European Rugby Challenge Cup win at Cardiff Blues on Thursday.

Before kick-off in the Pool 3 clash, a minute's applause was held for New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu following his passing on Wednesday at the age of 40.

Lomu enjoyed a short spell with the Blues from 2005 to 2006.

The hosts - missing Wales captain Sam Warburton due to illness - led 6-3 at the break after a first-half that was halted due to a head injury to Harlequins captain Jack Clifford.

Clifford, who was taken off on a stretcher, later posted on Twitter to allay concerns over his health.

Tries from Tim Visser, Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Charlie Walker gave Harlequins a 25-6 lead with 15 minutes to play.

And, after Cardiff's Matthew Rees was sent off seven minutes from time for a stamp on Nick Easter, Danny Care's late try ensured a bonus-point triumph as the home side's attempt at a comeback fell short.

In the day's other game, Harlequins' Premiership rivals Gloucester won on the road by beating Pool 4 rivals La Rochelle 33-20.

Four first-half penalties from Scotland international Greig Laidlaw helped Gloucester to a 19-13 half-time lead. 

Jason Eaton's 43rd-minute score gave La Rochelle a one-point advantage, only for Steve McColl and Charlie Sharples to cross and seal victory for Gloucester.