Harlequins full debutant Tyrone Green admits it was a bittersweet day at Kingston Park on Saturday, as the South African scored two tries on his first start for the club in a 25-22 defeat to Newcastle Falcons.

The winger made the perfect start to life in the quarters in the north east, as he touched down twice in seven second-half minutes to mark his first start in the English game in style. 

But that wasn't enough to extend Quins’ unbeaten run to six Gallagher Premiership games, as Brett Connon’s late penalty sealed the win for the Falcons with seconds left on the clock. 

And after experiencing their first defeat in 2021, Green insists Quins have no-one to blame but themselves for Saturday’s loss, with ill-discipline costing them dearly. 

“We were very disappointed, we thought we had everything to take the game, but we have to take a look at ourselves,” the South African said. 

“There were a few discipline errors that probably cost us the game, we just need to be better ourselves, we allowed them to play the rugby. 

“Our discipline and all the small things we needed to improve on every basis in the second-half, I think we did but there’s still lots to work on.”

Quins will have been full of confidence heading into the game, but early tries from Callum Chick and Logovi'i Mulipola put the hosts into a 14-0 lead in the first half at Kingston Park, before Stephan Lewies halved the deficit before the break. 

Adam Radwan added another for the Falcons soon after the interval, before Green’s quickfire double put the game back in the balance. 

Neat hands following a lineout on the ten-metre line saw the South African set away for his first try, as he left the Falcons defence in his wake after a superbly executed training ground move. 

And the 22-year-old showcased even more of the potential that will have Quins fans licking their lips to score his second, after being given the time and space on the right-hand side to gain ground, before his quick feet allowed him to see off defenders at will en route to the line. 

But after all that hard work to get back into the game at 22-22, Simon Kerrod’s sin-binning left the visitors up against it in the last five minutes and they weren’t able to hold onto the draw as Connon made no mistake with the boot to earn his side a first win in three games. 

And despite the loss, Green took confidence from his side’s premeditated move for him to score his first try and is expecting Quins to get back to winning ways against Northampton Saints next weekend. 

“We identified where we could score a try off that, we trained it through the week, we found a weakness and exploited it,” Green said. 

“It’s good to see that all that training paid off and we got that first try. I knew I still had more work to do once I broke the first line, but we knew there was going to be a hole there, and thankfully it worked out. 

"We’re all disappointed at the moment in the dressing room but Monday comes, we reset and we focus on Northampton and do what we do every week. 

“This game will be put behind us, we review it and we move onto Northampton, we’ve got the skills and the team to do our best in that game so we just need to reset and go forward.”