Hat-trick hero Alex Dombrandt stole a dramatic victory for Harlequins with the ultimate play of an exhilarating Champions Cup conflict.
The England No.8 pounced with the clock three minutes into the purple to interrupt Castres hearts and preserve the Londoners’ unbeaten report in Europe.
“It was all about staying within the battle and we confirmed nice resilience to do this,” stated Dombrandt.
Quins appeared to have blown it on an evening when their defence was too typically discovered wanting. They trailed 16-5 after the primary quarter and have been second finest for a lot of the evening.
However Dombrandt, whose attempt had received the reverse fixture in Castres, stored them within the contest with a attempt both aspect of half-time.
With out him hope would have been misplaced, regardless of Huw Jones and Viliami Taulani briefly placing the Londoners forward in a dizzying contest.
Joe Marler didn’t assist, foolishly stepping on the hand of opposition scrum-half Rory Kockott after the whistle had gone.
Marler was despatched to the sin bin and from the very subsequent play Kockott took his revenge, latching onto Filipo Nakosi’s sweeping blindside transfer to place his workforce forward.
Some other membership might need careworn however Quins have received each recreation on this competitors with out main even certainly one of them on the break.
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So it was that Dombrandt bagged his second and Quins fourth, three minutes after the restart, to clinch the bonus level.
And with the ultimate whistle about to be blown the large man as soon as once more stepped as much as spark delirious scenes in south west London.
Castres’ defeat capped a depressing day for French rugby which introduced the specter of authorized motion to event bosses.
Holders Toulouse had their recreation right now towards Cardiff cancelled due to Covid circumstances inside their camp however have been furious that Cardiff have been awarded a 28-0 walkover – a call which may but see them eradicated.
QUINS – Tries: Dombrandt 3, Jones, Taulani. Cons: Allan 3, Smith. Pen: Allan.
CASTRES – Tries: Barlot, Zeghdar, Kockott, Nakosi, Cocagi. Con: Botica. Pens: Botica 2.