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Premiership: Harlequins 26-39 Exeter Chiefs

Saturday, 15 April 2017 :  Exeter moved level on points with Premiership leaders Wasps after inflicting a costly defeat on play-off hopefuls Harlequins at The Stoop.

At the end of open and free-flowing first half of rugby Exeter led 15-11, with Chiefs tries coming from Dave Ewers and Michele Campagnaro after Matt Luamanu grabbed the opener for Quins.

Nick Evans edged Quins ahead before swapping penalties with Henry Slade.

Two Lachlan Turner tries and one from Slade sealed the bonus-point win.

Tim Visser’s try for Harlequins with the final play of the game was of little consequence as the hosts failed to collect a point in defeat, leaving them five points adrift of the play-off places with two games remaining.

Three second-half tries, including the double from Turner, in an astonishing 11-minute spell ensured a sixth successive bonus-point win for Rob Baxter’s side.

Wasps can restore their lead at the summit on Sunday if they beat bottom side Bristol, and the race for a top-two place, and home semi-final, remains tight as third-placed Saracens, defending Premiership and European Cup champions, are still to play over the Easter weekend.

Still, last season’s beaten finalists Exeter could do little more to maintain their maiden title aspirations, with Slade contributing 13 vital points in a game watched by England head coach Eddie Jones.

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston: “Exeter took a complete buffeting for a lot of the game and managed to stay in it, which they should take full credit for, but to come away with nothing is hard to take.


Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter: “When you look across a season you can’t get emotionally attached to a home semi-final because when that happens you’ve lost the battle already.


Harlequins: Brown; Yarde, Marchant, Roberts, Visser; Evans, Care (capt); Marler, Buchanan, Sinckler, Matthews, Horwill, Robshaw, Wallace, Luamanu.

Replacements: Gray, Lambert, Collier, Merrick, Ward, Mulchrone, Swiel, Alofa.

Exeter: Turner; Woodburn, Campagnaro, Devoto, Short; Slade, Maunder; Rimmer, Yeandle, G Holmes, Dennis, Parling, Ewers, Armand, Horstmann.

Replacements: Malton, Moon, Francis, Atkins, Salvi, Townsend, Steenson, S Hill.

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Source : Internet

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