Har­lequins up to third as Gus­tard hails record-breaker Brown

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - At Kingston Park

Paul Gus­tard, the Har­lequins coach, was de­lighted to see his side help Mike Brown cel­e­brate his record-break­ing 308th ap­pear­ance for the club with a clin­i­cal vic­tory over New­cas­tle.

Brown was not among Quins’ five try-scor­ers but played his part to the full as the vis­i­tors moved up to third in the Gallagher Premier­ship.

No player has rep­re­sented Quins more times than Brown and Gus­tard be­lieves yes­ter­day’s per­for­mance was the per­fect way to mark the oc­ca­sion.

He said: “To play 308 games at one club is an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment. To break a 35-year-old record is in­cred­i­ble and on top of that he has 70 caps for his coun­try. He’s the most-capped Har­lequin and the most-capped Eng­land full-back of all time.

“We’re re­ally pleased that we were able to give him a win be­cause in his 300th game and Danny Care’s 250th game we lost to Sara­cens.”

Quins had the four-try bonus point in the bank by half-time as they raced into 28-3 lead on the back of con­verted scores from Max Crump­ton, Nathan Earle, Gabriel Ibitoye and Jack Clif­ford.

Alex Dom­brandt fur­ther ex­tended the lead at the start of the sec­ond half be­fore in­jury-rav­aged New­cas­tle sal­vaged some pride with con­verted tries by Vereniki Goneva and Cal­lum Chick.

New­cas­tle now face a real bat­tle for sur­vival. They are rooted to the foot of the ta­ble and four points adrift of Worces­ter im­me­di­ately above them.

Dean Richards, the Fal­cons direc­tor of rugby, said: “We have a huge amount of in­juries and we are missing a great

‘To play in 308 games at a sin­gle club is an amaz­ing feat’

deal of ex­pe­ri­ence. In re­cent game we have been cre­at­ing chances and just not tak­ing them, but to­day the boys just did not turn up.”

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