European Rugby Challenge Cup: Benetton 26-21 Harlequins
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Benetton: (18) 21|
|Tries: Sperandio 2, Ioane Con: McKinley Pens: McKinley 3|
|Harlequins: (12) 21|
|Tries: Dombrandt 2 Con: Lang Pens: Smith 3|
A last-minute touchdown by Monty Ioane gave Benetton a surprise 26-21 win over Harlequins in the Challenge Cup.
Alex Dombrandt's try in the first two minutes gave Quins a great start, but Luca Sperandio levelled soon after.
The same two players scored again before the break, while Ian McKinley added seven points for the Italians.
Marcus Smith kicked three second-half penalties, but McKinley got another for Benetton, and with the scores tied at 21-21 Ioane went over to win it.
The loss - a week after Quins ended Exeter's unbeaten record in the Premiership - was the London side's second in Europe this season and left them third in their pool, three points behind Benetton, who lead the group.
Benetton: Hayward; Sperandio, Benvenuit, Morisi, Ioane; McKinley, Tebaldi; Quaglio, Bigi, Ferrari, Fuser, Budd, Negri da Oleggio, Steyn, Barbini.
Replacements: Faiva, Appiah, Pasquali, Herbst, Pettinelli, Duvenage, Sgarbi, Zanon.
Harlequins: Brown; Earle, Marchant, Saili, Ibitoye; Lang, Mulchrone; Marler, Ward, Swainston, Merrick, Luamanu, Dombrandt, Clifford, J Chisholm (capt).
Replacements: Crumpton, Boyce, Collier, Glynn, Lasike, Saunders, Smith, Murley.
Referee: Alan Jones (WRU).
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