Harlequins 30-23 Leicester Tigers, Aviva Premiership final
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May 26, 2012
Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw wrestles with Steve Mafi, Harlequins v Leicester Tigers, Aviva Premiership Final, Twickenham, England, May 26, 2012
Chris Robshaw epitomised Harlequins' quality and composure at Twickenham © Getty Images
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Harlequins became English champions for the first time at Twickenham on Saturday, and here we take a look at the movers and shakers from the finale of the Aviva Premiership season.


Mike Brown - A confident performance under the high ball, except one glaring miss, ferocious in defence and played a key role in the opening try. 7

Tom Williams - His pace on the right wing took him over for the opening and was always a threat out wide. 8

George Lowe - Ran some excellent lines in attack and showed good ball skills as he more than held his own against England's first-choice outside-centre Manu Tuilagi. 8

Jordan Turner-Hall - The England hopeful ran a couple of blistering lines off Nick Evans and was a steady presence in Quins' midfield defence. 7

Ugo Monye - Had few chances to hit top speed in attack but justified his selection after recent injury worries with a strong showing in defence, including a vital turnover. 7

Nick Evans - The Kiwi fly-half finally claimed his first domestic silverware after kicking 20 points and suffering a heavy blow to the head. Classy as ever. 8

Danny Care - Set the tone for Quins as his sharpness in the early stages injected real pace into their attack before showing good composure to help close out the game late on. 8

Joe Marler - Another massive performance from the loose-head who will surely make his England debut in South Africa this summer. Strong in the scrum, fierce in the loose. 8

Joe Gray - One lineout mistake led to a Leicester try but part of a powerful front row effort for the Quins. 7

James Johnston - One of Harlequins' key men all season and he produced another influential performance in the final. 8

Olly Kohn - One of the Quins' players most respected by Leicester and he proved why with a strong showing despite some troubles in the lineout for Quins. 7

George Robson - Made the key break for Harlequins' opening try after combining well with Easter and justified his England selection on tour to South Africa. 8

Maurie Fa'avasalu - A typically physical display from the flanker who competed fiercely at the breakdown and always made ground. 7

Chris Robshaw - Fitting finale to an amazing season. Deservedly named Man of the Match after scoring the crucial try and leading his side with composure, passion and fortitude. 9

Nick Easter - Brought vital experience and physicality to the Harlequins back row, as well as some silky skills. 8


Geordan Murphy: The Leicester captain could not prevent his team from slipping to a fifth Premiership final defeat in eight appearances. 6

Horacio Agulla: Ran hard and strong when the chance arose but the Tigers struggled to get sufficient ball to the right winger. 6

Manu Tuilagi: Was fortunate to not be shown a yellow card in the opening minutes after a huge hit on Danny Care that was right on the limit of legality. Little impact beyond that. 6

Anthony Allen: Showed real ambition on the counter attack and cut some terrific lines, especially the one that led to his second-half try. 7

Alesana Tuilagi: Final match for Leicester was a frustrating farewell as he had few changes to impress before moving to Japan next season. 6

George Ford: Overcame an early miss to kick 13 points in a confident display on the biggest stage of his life. Again great timing and accuracy in his passing. 8

Ben Youngs: Eclipsed by his England rival Danny Care in the opening stages but finished the game at quite a pace as Tigers threatened to steal the show. 7

Marcos Ayerza: Finished off a terrific season with another powerful display but found the opposing front-row as tough as he's faced this season. 6

George Chuter: His experience and composure was missed in the latter stages as his replacement Tom Youngs overthrew a crucial lineout. 6

Dan Cole: Great contest with Quins loose-head Joe Marler at scrum-time and set up Steve Mafi for Leicester's opening try. 7

George Skivington: Will move to London Irish next term, but Leicester know he could not have given much more. 7

Geoff Parling: The in-form England lock was at the heart of Leicester's superior lineout and pulled off some important tackles around the paddock as well. 7

Steve Mafi: Used long stride to maximum effect as he ran away to score Leicester's opening try but failed to make a big impact beyond that. 7

Julian Salvi: Tireless display as ever after missing the semi-final victory over Saracens, but was overshadowed by his opposite number. 7

Thomas Waldrom: Sin-binned just before the break for cynical play at the breakdown, and Quins built up an eventually decisive lead in his absence. 6

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