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Harlequins v Northampton - Live
80 They have done it. What an Aviva Premiership semi-final as Harlequins book their place at Twickenham just down the road. Heartache for Northampton who were ahead for large spells of the game. Next up, Leicester v Saracens from Welford Road. Cheers.
79 Seconds remain as Quins keep it tight on halfway.
78 EVANS CONVERSION! 25-23! Quins lead!
77 MARLER TRY! 23-23! From the most unlikely source, Quins are level with the kick to come. What a game and what a play from the regular-season winners.
76 A Quins penalty is nudged into the corner as Downey goes to the blood-bin, possibly leaving the field for the last time in a Saints shirt. Quins catch and drive...have they grounded that? It looks like it...Small goes to the TMO while the hosts celebrate.
75 The volume has been cranked a few notches at the Stoop as Quins replacement Matt Hopper grubbers into the Saints 22 after good carrying from Brown. Saints are solid with the line-out before Dickson boxes and then Brown goes quickly. Breathless stuff.
72 EVANS PENALTY! 18-23! A gift for Quins as Saints go off their feet at the breakdown. The hosts are back to within a score. Cue the grandstand finish.
70 Quins look a touch shell-shocked as they battle for a score on the Saints 22. All that good work in the regular-season counts for nothing now as the absence of Ugo Monye and Danny Care begins to become apparent. Saints scrum as they look to clear long.
66 L DICKSON TRY! 15-23! Well well well. Artemyev, Pisi and Downey combine down the right wing before Dickson is on the shoulder to take the final pass. Lamb misses the conversion but Northampton are more than one score ahead with not long left.
64 Evans has the chance to level matters again but misses to the right of the uprights following a bit of afters between the two sides. Quins are back in possession soon after though with Lowe looking for work on the ten-metre. Tension galore at the Stoop.
61 LAMB PENALTY! 15-18! Wow. Evans has just had his pass on halfway intercepted by Lamb. Can he go all the way, with Brown chasing hard? He can't outpace the full-back but Quins come offside at the resulting breakdown so it will be three points.
60 It is getting a bit spicy now as Marler and replacement Paul Doran-Jones have a throat grabbing contest. Let's call it a draw. But there is only one winner here as Saints win a scrum penalty now, which Lamb pushes to within 30 metres of the home side's line.
57 LAMB PENALTY! 15-15! Well that didn't last long. Kohn has been penalised for obstruction, with Lamb levelling. O'Shea is not happy with that call.
55 EVANS PENALTY! 15-12! And boy does that scrum dominance reap the benefits for Quins. Lamb has just overdone it on his own 22 - running instead of kicking - and that leads to Saints infringing in an attempt to save possession. A costly moment?
51 Play is on the Quins ten-metre as Northampton wait to put in at scrum time..but what a scrum again from the hosts pack as they force the put-in turnover.
48 EVANS PENALTY! 12-12! Saints eventually got out of their red zone after good work at the base from Wilson, but it didn't keep them from finding their lead wiped off. The visitors were off their feet so up stepped Evans from pretty much bang in front.
44 Not the best from Smith though as his pass coughs up possession and ultimately a few metres. But wait, now Quins other wing puts in a great kick that leads to a race between Brown and Foden...the latter gets there in time and finds the sanctuary of touch.
Second-half 40 minutes to go in 2011/12 for one of these teams then as Evans gets us back under-way. Wilson remains on the sideline for now as Quins look to make their numerical advantage count while they can. They are up to the away ten-metre.
40 That is that for the first 40 as Evans puts it out. Northampton at 12-9 up at the break in what has been an excellent semi-final so far. Jim Mallinder will be pleased while Conor O'Shea might want a few words with his side. See you in a few for the second-half.
37 LAMB PENALTY! 9-12! Clever from Lee Dickson as he passes to the lazy Quins runner so here is a chance for Lamb to retake the lead from wide out. Remember, they are a man down here with Wilson in the bin for what may be his last Saints match.
34 EVANS PENALTY! 9-9! No mistake. Is there more?
32 WILSON YELLOW! The pressure tells. Saints are now down a man after Wilson is caught slowing down the ball on the floor. Evans calls for the tee.
31 That is what Maurie Fa'asavalu can do. The Samoan powers over two defenders and gives Quins a heck of platform in the away 22. Can they strike from here? Well they have a penalty for not rolling away coming up. It goes to the corner...crowd cheers.
29 But that is a great hit from Downey on Jordan Turner-Hall that leads to a penalty attempt from Lamb on halfway. This one is wide. So, Saints remain 6-9 ahead.
27 Vasily Artemyev, a late inclusion for Chris Ashton, now breaks the line. Can he go all the way? Not quite and that's a great defensive work at the breakdown from Brown, who wins a relieving penalty. Mini-storm weathered there for Quins as they get to halfway.
24 Nothing flash from Saints here as they move it across the line from the scrum before powerful centre George Pisi grubbers into the home 22. Northampton will be pretty happy with how they have started here, particularly with the scoreline.
21 LAMB PENALTY! 6-9! Northampton Saints are up again after an infringement at the breakdown sees Quins captain Chris Robshaw given a talking to by referee Small. I think that was a team warning from Small so Quins must be cautious from now on.
19 EVANS PENALTY! 6-6! Normal service has been resumed from Evans. He levels matters as we approach the end of the first 20 minutes in Twickenham.
17 LAMB PENALTY! 3-6! In at the side from Quins so it's a chance for Lamb to make Evans pay on halfway. Up he steps..well this is strange. The assistant ref take what seemed like an age to give that but in the end raised their flags. It crept over the bar.
13 What a scrum from Quins. That is no mean feat to get the better of Tonga'uiha and Brian Mujati and so up steps Evans from around the same distance as Lamb's earlier effort. Oh no, that's ugly and well wide from the former New Zealand fly-half.
10 LAMB PENALTY! 3-3! Olly Kohn has been penalised by Small now for an infringement at the breakdown so up steps former Gloucester playmaker Lamb from around 45 metres out on the angle. He is happy with that one. We're level here.
7 It's been an open start in the Stoop sunshine as Quins try and slow it down before clearing out of their own 22 via Evans. Lamb is not having the best spell..now a forward pass is seen by referee Andrew Small. Is this the pressure of knockout rugby?
5 Oh dear, a poor restart from Lamb goes straight out and now his showy pass is not held in midfield. Net result, home scrum on their own ten-metre. Decent start.
3 EVANS PENALTY! 3-0! He knows how to kick.
Kick-off Here we go then with a tasty battle at full-back in the offing as Mike Brown takes on Ben Foden. Saints ball with James Downey and then Soane Tonga'uiha taking contact on halfway..but that leads to a Quins penalty for holding on. Chance for three.
Team news Harlequins are without Danny Care today due to injury so Karl Dickson starts against his brother Lee at scrum-half. Meanwhile, Saints have chosen have gone for the more attack-minded Ryan Lamb at fly-half instead of Stephen Myler.
Welcome Hello from the Stoop for the first of two live semi-finals we will be covering today. Harlequins face Northampton first up with the hosts favourites to progress. Can they back up their regular-season form with a knockout victory?.
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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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