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- Aviva Premiership
- 3rd Nov 2012
- KO 17:15
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 14,517
Harlequins v Gloucester - Live
Full-time Harlequins 28 Gloucester Rugby 25
80 Botica panics and belts the ball into touch. Harlequins back on top, boos for Wayne Barnes and a thriller of a game.
78 TRY, GLOUCESTER, TWELVETREES! 28-25. Penalty to Gloucester and Robson taps and goes; passing wide to the left as they hunt to get back in the game. Great break down the left, the ball goes wide right and it's a try! Length of the field, superb from the visitors.
78 Another penalty - not against the Gloucester front row but scrum-half Dan Robson who is offside. Scrum again...
77 Harlequins scrum now grinding Gloucester down. Two free kicks and now a penalty. Nick Easter wants one thing and one thing only.
75 SIN-BIN, GLOUCESTER, MORGAN! England number eight Ben Morgan takes a yellow card as a result of the penalty.
74 Fa'asavalu finds space down the left and tears towards the try line. Quins handing keeps the move going and now they take the scrum right in front looking for the bonus point. Exceptional handling from Hopper.
72 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 28-18. Penalty for Harlequins at the scrum right in front and Evans taps it over, taking Gloucester out of losing bonus point range.
70 Nick Wood loses possession and Tom Williams hacks on looking for the score. The offload falls out of reach for Nick Evans but Gloucester knock on and Harlequins have the scrum.
68 Quins go for the lineout and win the ball, but are pinged for obstruction and denied the bonus point score. Gloucester clear.
67 The ball goes wide right to an unmarked Luke Wallace, but the pass is just too high and Harlequins come back for the penalty.
66 Easter burrows forward, Harlequins chewing up the ground and Mark Lambert rampages towards the line. James Johnston goes for the line but falls just short. Penalty advantage.
65 Tindall steps Botica and gets into the Harlequins 22. Tom Savage driven back and the ball is lost, Harlequins keeping the ball in hand.
64 Frenetic defence from Gloucester forces the turnover. They have harried Harlequins all afternoon on the ground and it's paid off. Gareth Evans on for Gloucester as a blood replacement for Ben Morgan.
60 PENALTY, GLOUCESTER, BURNS! 25-18. Harlequins attacking from deep in their own half and Burns gets a shot at goal. Through it goes and the gap closes back to seven.
59 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 25-15. No problems that time as Evans stretches the lead to ten points.
58 Gloucester back to a full compliment of 15 players but Harlequins win the penalty at the scrum on the 40m line. Redemption shot for Evans.
56 Easter stranded up in the air and Gloucester win the penalty. Evans however misses a sitter. A turning point?
55 Harlequins offloading game starting to click and the metres are rising. Mike Brown has the ball ripped from his hands outside the 22 by Huia Edmonds and Jimmy Cowan clears. However the ball came back inside the 22, meaning Cowan's kick was straight off. Quins lineout on the 22.
53 Gloucester bring on Nick Wood and win the scrum. Cowan on top in his slugging match with Dickson and the visitors clear after sustained pressure.
52 Penalty to Harlequins - Dickson goes quick but called back by the referee. Gloucester on the ropes here. One more scrum.
50 Quins attack from a scrum on the 22 on the right and win another penalty in the red zone, but Gloucester halt it going in at the side. Another scrum...
49 Surge down the left from Mike Brown as Harlequins hunt for another score. Eager to prove a point ahead of England against Fiji, smashing away Mike Tindall.
47 SIN-BIN, GLOUCESTER, SHANE MONAHAN! High ball taken by Mike Brown but Monahan races in and takes him out in the air. Sent to the bin.
45 PENALTY, GLOUCESTER, BURNS! 22-15. Brown breaks loose but Quins are pinged for crossing in midfield. Burns slots the straight penalty to close the gap.
42 Scrum for Gloucester on the half-way line. Couple of changes, Ben Botica on for Tom Casson and Rob Cook on for James Simpson-Daniel.
40 We're back underway in Twickenham, Nick Evans getting us started.
Half-time Harlequins 22 Gloucester Rugby 12
40 TRY, HARLEQUINS, SMITH! 22-12. Interception score for Harlequins, Gloucester attacking down the right and Sam Smith pounces to stretch the lead. Edmonds taken out off the ball earlier but nothing given. Huge five minutes for Harlequins swings the momentum.
35 TRY, HARLEQUINS, HOPPER! 15-12. Gloucester go offside and Quins break away on the tap penalty. Dickson with the burst before offloading to Tom Williams, who finds Hopper down the right wing for the try. Big moment.
34 PENALTY, GLOUCESTER, BURNS! 10-12. Another shot from Burns sails through and Gloucester are making the most of their opportunities.
32 Consistency from Quins but the visitors defence is holding firm. Cowan makes a play on the ground and Gloucester win possession, before trapping Sam Smith in his own 22 after the kick and winning the penalty. Chance to take the lead.
30 Huge scrum from Harlequins turns the ball over and the champions have a scrum of their own five metres out. The ball comes left but Gloucester's scrambling ruins the ball once more and the ball goes forward.
28 Attack down the right from Matt Hopper but Gloucester get on top at the breakdown once again, making a mess of the possession.
26 Harlequins building phases up the middle of the field and they win a penalty, Evans knocking the ball into the 22.
25 PENALTY, GLOUCESTER, BURNS! 10-9. Success for Dan Murphy at the scrum wins the penalty and Burns ticks the scoreboard over.
23 Easter reacts unhappily to a penalty decision and Quins are marched 10 metres by Wayne Barnes. Gloucester with the lineout but the execution is poor and Quins have the scrum.
22 Gloucester infringe on the attack again and lose another platform. Field position going begging.
20 The pace livens up as Harlequins try to break down the left through Brown, but the pass is forward. Scrappy at the breakdown and both teams turning over possession.
17 PENALTY, GLOUCESTER, BURNS! 10-6. Great strike by Burns and Gloucester close the gap.
16 Gloucester lineout outside the Harlequins 22. Mike Tindall brushes off Matt Hopper and the visitors win the penalty at the breakdown.
14 TRY, HARLEQUINS, BROWN! 10-3. It's given! Mike Brown gets the ball down under huge pressure from the defence to give the home side the lead. Evans with the brilliant conversion.
13 Evans guides Harlequins into the corner. The lineout is long but Maurie Fa'asavalu takes it and bursts away putting Quins behind the gain line. The ball goes left to Mike Brown in the corner... upstairs to the TMO.
11 Gloucester scrum on half-way and somehow they come away with the ball after a great drive from Harlequins. It opens up for Burns but no way through.
9 PENALTY, GLOUCESTER, BURNS! 3-3. First points of the evening for Gloucester and Burns slots over the penalty from the scrum. All square.
8 Early days in the scrum but the rhythm is certainly off, Gloucester getting the upper hand as Wayne Barnes speaks to the front rows.
5 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 3-0. Good power up front from Quins results in a penalty from the driving maul. No problem for Evans who guides it over.
3 Both sides look keen to have a run in the early stages. Billy Twelvetrees looking dangerous with ball in hand.
Kick off Here we go! Freddie Burns kicks us off. Quins take it in by struggle to run their way out of their 22 early on.
Weather Clear skies over Twickenham should mean plenty of attacking rugby. A chilly 7°Celcius with little wind.
Team News Gloucester are without Charlie Sharples due to his involvement with England, Shane Monahan taking his place. Mike Tindall captains the side as Martyn Roberts gets the nod over Rob Cook at full-back. Dan Murphy wins a start at loosehead prop.
Team News Harlequins start with new half-backs due to Danny Care's involvement with England and the return of Nick Evans. The Kiwi fly-half signed a three-year extension this week and partners Karl Dickson. Luke Wallace starts in place of Chris Robshaw and Nick Easter is the captain.
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