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It's daddy Care's day as Quins cruise
ESPN Staff
October 17, 2014
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Date/Time: Oct 17, 2014, 19:45 local, 18:45 GMT
Venue: The Stoop, London
Harlequins 25 - 9 Castres
Half-time: 3 - 3
Tries: Care
Cons: Evans
Pens: Evans 6
Pens: Kockott 3
Nick Evans scored six penalties and a conversion, Harlequins v Castres Olympique, European Rugby Champions Cup, Twickenham Stoop, London, October 17, 2014
Nick Evans' added to Danny Care's try with a flawless kicking display
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New dad Danny Care scored the only try as Harlequins launched the inaugural Champions Cup with a 25-9 victory over Castres.

Care touched down seven days after withdrawing from the Quins team defeated by Leicester in order to be at the side of partner Jodie as she gave birth to their first child, Blake.

The England scrum-half toasted the highlight of otherwise thrilless night at the Stoop by rocking his arms in the motion of a baby's cradle.

Care may have finished the try, but it was created by the vision of Evans who created the opening in a previously watertight Castres defence with a crafty double chip.

Evans converted the try and also landed six penalties in a flawless evening that saw him pass 400 points scored in European competition.

The successor to the Heineken Cup spluttered into life with the 3-3 interval scoreline, made up of penalties from Evans and Rory Kockott, telling the story of an attritional first half that was short on thrills.

Defences ruled with Castres making a vast number of tackles to keep their tryline intact, although it was rarely threatened by their English opponents other than Care's try.

Castres have endured a dismal start to the Top 14, losing six of their nine games, but they raced out of the blocks at the Twickenham Stoop, drawing first blood with a Kockott penalty.

It was an impressive opening, but when centre George Lowe powered into space Quins began pounding at the visiting defence.

Ibrahim Diarra produced an important turnover, but with Robshaw playing a prominent role the Aviva Premiership club were able to renew their attack.

Some aimless kicking hampered their momentum but with Care sniping from scrum-half to good effect, they continued to apply pressure.

Evans landed a penalty to level the score and when man of the match Luke Wallace romped free from a line-out Castres were sent hurtling backwards.

Quins won a scrum against the head and Nick Easter roamed down the blindside but wing Asaeli Tikoirotuma was caught as soon as he gathered the number eight's pass.

A disappointing game continued with Quins securing plenty of possession but struggling to make any meaningful inroads.

Castres' defence was proving hard to break down, but in attack they were unable to reproduce the fire that marked their opening to the match.

Joe Marler had been receiving treatment on his shoulder, but the England loosehead was instrumental in winning a penalty at the scrum that Evans steered between the uprights.

Three points from Kockott levelled the score, but Quins finally opened up some daylight with two penalties from Evans.

Quins were gaining a significant foothold at the scrum, but it was the quick thinking of Evans that did the telling damage, enabling Care to score.

Evans then rifled over two more penalties to complete a rout that had appeared unlikely at half-time.

Danny Care goes over for the only try of the match © Getty Images
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