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Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith will be looking to add to his 33-point tally in the Challenge Cup this season when his side host Grenoble on Saturday.
- Harlequins and Grenoble have claimed one win apiece in their two previous encounters, the home side on the day winning on each occasion.
- Harlequins have won 24 of their 27 home games in the Challenge Cup, with Stade, Bath and Edinburgh the only clubs to win at The Stoop in that run.
- Grenoble have lost their away games, although their most recent victory on the road did come against English opposition (London Irish).
- Harlequins and Grenoble are two of just four clubs yet to be shown a yellow or red card this season.
↩️ Throwback to October and our first @erchallengecup match of the season
🤔 Can we make it three home wins in a row in the competition this Saturday?
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) January 9, 2019
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Harlequins clinched their third win in Pool 5 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup with a five-try showing to see off plucky Grenoble 38-20 at The Stoop.
They looked like running away with matters when they led 28-5 just past the half-hour mark but Grenoble never gave in and reduced the deficit to 28-20 in the second half before Harlequins clinched it.
Scrum-half Danny Care had set the home side on their way when he raced away to score after 12 minutes and full-back Mike Brown added a second try four minutes later.
Winger Cadan Murley and hooker Max Crumpton also went over for tries before the break but Grenoble kept in contention.
32' | TRYYY! And that's the bonus point!
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) January 12, 2019
Full-back Gervais Cordin scored a brace for the visitors to add to the opening try of the game by forward Antonin Berruyer after only three minutes.
Fly-half Ben Lucas added a second half penalty to an earlier conversion and the outcome was back in the balance at 28-20 before Harlequins strong finish.
Replacement James Lang eased home concern with a penalty 15 minutes from time and then converted after number eight Alex Dombrandt plunged over at the death to seal the points.
— FC Grenoble Rugby (@FCGrugby_en) January 12, 2019
Quins were also indebted to the boot of fly-half Marcus Smith who improved all his side first half tries.
Harlequins will aim to clinch top spot at Agen next Friday evening while Grenoble have home advantage against Benetton.