Kingston confident Quins have moved on
Harlequins head coach John Kingston admitted his side's form had suffered because of the controversy surrounding the club but is confident they have now put the saga behind them after drawing 17-17 with Newcastle at Kingston Park. The fallout from the 'Bloodgate' scandal has stalked Quins this season with last season's play-off semi-finalists losing their opening three fixtures following the departure of director of rugby Dean Richards. But with the fake blood scandal finally mopped up off the pitch, Kingston said: "All we want to do now is kick on and play rugby. I hope people watching are thinking Harlequins are quite a positive side." He added: "The background with which we have come into this season has been obviously unique and something that nobody would ever wish on anybody frankly. "It (the scandal) has been sitting around me about 30% of my life, therefore I would have to say that could you question whether I could operate on 70% of what I should be thinking about. So that is probably an accurate analogy of everyone at Harlequins. But we want to kick on now." It was a brave fight-back from Quins having trailed 14-3 at half-time. Scrum-half Mick Young was at the fore for the Falcons as his impressive work set up tries for Tane Tu'ipulotu and Tim Swinson, with Jimmy Gopperth kicking the extras. But Harlequins responded in the second half and Ugo Monye's try gave them hope before All Black Nick Evans salvaged a draw.
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