Throwback Thursday: Wasps 21-24 Harlequins (2017)
Harlequins and Wasps sit level on points as they prepare to do battle at Twickenham in Big Game 11.
Wasps are ahead in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table on points difference but it could all change with a victory for Quins, as both clubs look to reel in third-placed Gloucester Rugby.
Paul Gustard’s men will take encouragement from a hard-fought victory at the Ricoh Arena in September last year when they triumphed 24-21 against Dai Young’s side.
The victory ended a run of 20 consecutive home wins for Wasps dating back more than two years, while the fixture also hit the headlines for an altercation between England internationals Joe Marler and James Haskell.
Christian Wade touched down to put the hosts ahead after he was put clear following scintillating work by Marcus Watson and Willie Le Roux before Haskell saw yellow for the off-the-ball incident with Marler.
Quins made the most of the extra man as Marcus Smith’s precision crossfield kick was knocked back by Mike Brown to set up Marland Yarde to put the visitors ahead, but a Danny Cipriani penalty meant it was 13-11 to the hosts at the break.
Harlequins restored their lead just after half time as Joe Marchant blazed down the short side and fed Charlie Walker, who dived over to make it 18-13.
Quins prop Kyle Sinckler was shown a yellow card and Wasps took their turn to take advantage of their extra man, as they drew level thanks to a try from hooker Tom Cruse, as he made the most of a successful driving maul to get his first Premiership try.
Cipriani kicked a penalty as the hosts got their noses back in front but was sent to the sin bin minutes later when he was adjudged to have deliberately knocked on.
Smith then scored the first of two penalties he would notch in the last 15 minutes, taking him to 14 points in the match, and leading Quins to victory.
Later in the season Wasps would get their revenge by taking a 44-22 win at the Twickenham Stoop, meaning both sides failed to take victory on their home turf against each other in the 2017-18 campaign.