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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Full-Time at the Twickenham Stoop

Going into half-time at The Stoop: Harlequins 13-9 Saracens.

The start of the second half saw the visitors come within 1 point of Quins after Farrell kicked a penalty within 4 minutes.

It looked as though Saracens were keen for a try of their own and forced the referee to pause play and visit the TMO - a decision of 'No Try' was the outcome.

Substitutions on both sides as well as erratic play saw possession change regularly.

A Quins line-out was deemed not to have been thrown straight so Saracens were awarded a scrum. However one thing Harlequins were dominant in during today's game were the scrums - they earned themselves turnover ball.

With the Saracens then bringing the scrum down - a tactic they used more frequently as play went on, Quins had a shot at the posts. Evans missed.

Advantage gained through the collected restart by the home side was lost after the ref blew for obstruction. This gave Saracens an attacking platform. Driving forward, they were awarded a penalty which Farrell put away. The visitors took the lead 13-15.

Quins changed tactics and as they approached the line decided to chip through - this turned out to be bad judgement as the ball rolled into touch despite a number of available players. Saracens cleared.

Play was halted once again approaching the final quarter of the game; the TMO was asked to make judgement on an alleged dangerous tackle by Quins' Robson. This came to nothing and so play continued with Saracens in possession.

Again, the ball moved from one team to the other and another infringement in the ruck allowed Evans another shot at the posts - again missed.

He did however score when the next opportunity came just a few minutes later giving them the lead once again 16-15.

More points went begging after Saracens were penalised for pulling down a maul but the boot of Evans was not on target.

When Farrell was given the opportunity to give Saracens the lead, he took it.

The final whistle blew with Harlequins 16-18 Saracens.

This was a game Quins could have won - Evans, usually so reliable, missed 4 penalties. Saracens gained all their points through the boot of Farrell - penalties given away too easily. It was a game the home-side will be thinking back on with regrets.

For the first time this season, Harlequins lose a premiership game. They slide to 2nd in the table; Saracens climb two places to 3rd.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:43 pm  

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