Sarries break Quins home run

Saracens gave Harlequins their first Guinness Premiership home defeat of the season as they beat the home side 20-27.

The result means that Saracens remain in third place but moved alongside Gloucester on 27 points. Harlequins earned a losing bonus point in the match that sees them taking fourth spot in the Premiership table. Leicester are fourth.

Sarries scored three tries to Harlequins two and led 3-10 at the break.

Speaking after the match Harlequins boss Dean Richards told the BBC that he was disappointed with the way his team used their chances, “We created six try-scoring opportunities and converted two of them.

“Saracens are a very good side and their clinical finishing was better than ours on the day.

“The problem was that in the first 30 minutes we didn’t put the points on the board. Their defence was good but we had opportunities which we didn’t put away.

“I’m quite pleased we are creating the chances but we have got to finish them off. A lot of that comes down to experience. It’s a bit frustrating when you play as well as we did and come away with nothing.”

Saracens coach Alan Gaffney said that there were certain aspects of the game he was pleased with and others that he was not so please with, “We were totally dominated in the first 30 minutes but I commend our defence. I give our guys full credit for the way they defended. We were under the cosh for a lot of that game.

“Quins could easily have scored a couple of tries because we never got into the game in the opening 30 minutes.

“But I thought we came back well in the second half and scored some good tries. The second by Brent Russell was straight off the training field.”

Final Score Harlequins 20 Saracens 27


Harlequins: (3) 20
Tries: Fuga, Monye
Cons: Jarvis (2)
Pens: Jarvis (2)

Saracens: (10) 27
Tries: De Kock, Penney, Russell
Cons: Jackson (3)
Pens: Jackson (2)


Harlequins: Brown, Strettle, Barry, Turner-Hall, Monye, Jarvis, Gomarsall, Jones, Botha, Ross, Kohn, Evans, Robshaw, Skinner, Easter (capt.)
Replacements: Fuga, Nebbett, Percival, Hala’ufia, Volley, So’oialo, Keogh.

Saracens: Russell, Haughton, Sorrell, Farrell, Ratuvou, Jackson, De Kock, Lloyd, Ongaro, Johnston, Vyvyan, Jack, Chesney, Hill, Skirving.
Replacements: Kyriacou, Visagie, Ryder, Seymour, Rauluni, Powell, Penney.

Referee: Tony Spreadbury (Bristol)

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