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Match Report: Wasps 21 Harlequins 24

17 Sep 2017
Match Report: Wasps 21 Harlequins 24

Wasps saw their long unbeaten home record end as they fell to a 24-21 defeat to Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts had won their last twenty Aviva Premiership Rugby home matches but were undone as Marland Yarde and Charlie Walker scored tries for Harlequins.

Christian Wade and Tom Cruse touched down for the home side but Marcus Smith knocked over two late penalties to edge his side over the line.

Smith kicked two penalties either side of Wade’s try as the winger completed a fine backs move involving Marcus Watson and Willie Le Roux.

The second Smith penalty came after James Haskell was sent to the sin bin for an off-the-ball incident with Joe Marler.

Harlequins used of their extra man as Smith’s exquisite crossfield kick was knocked back by Mike Brown and Yarde put the visitors ahead 11-10.

But Wasps, back up to 15, were back in front before the break through a Cipriani penalty, as he took his points tally for the club beyond 500 points.

Harlequins restored their advantage early in the second half as Joe Marchant broke down the short side before feeding Walker who dived over to make it 18-13.

The scores were level after 55 minutes though as hooker Cruse was at the back of a successful driving maul for his first Premiership try after Kyle Sinckler had been shown a yellow card.

Cipriani knocked over his third penalty of the afternoon but he then became the third man to be shown a yellow card after being adjudged to have deliberately knocked-on.

Two penalties for Smith in the final moments gave Harlequins the victory.

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