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- Aviva Premiership
- 23rd Oct 2010
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Kingsholm
- Att: 11,919
Quins denied at death
Late try seals win for Gloucester
Brett Deacon's dramatic late try gave Gloucester their third straight Aviva Premiership win with a 33-26 victory over Harlequins on Saturday.
Deacon crossed with just three minutes to go at Kingsholm to deny Harlequins and rescue his side after they had been forced to play half of the second period with 14 men.
After trailing 23-13 at half time, Quins fought back to tie the scores in the closing stages thanks largely to an inspired performance from fly-half Nick Evans.
Evans scored 21 of the visitors' points, including a try, four penalties and two conversions, forcing Gloucester to dig deep during the final stages to secure the win.
Fly-half Nicky Robinson opened Gloucester's account fifth minute penalty but England scrum-half Danny Care responded almost immediately with an opportunist try to give Quins the lead.
Care caught the home defence cold, latching onto a loose ball 10 metres inside his own half and sprinting clear as several Gloucester players stopped in anticipation of referee Tim Wigglesworth's whistle.
Evans added the extras to take the score to 3-7 but the lead would not last long and Gloucester's answer came just six minutes later, when Care's opposite number Dave Lewis crossed following some intense pressure from his pack.
Charlie Sharples went close twice only to be denied by last ditch tackles inside the Quins 22 before he finally found his way over after collecting on the overlap.
Evans reduced the deficit with a penalty on the stroke of half-time but the visitors were clearly struggling to cope with their opponents in all departments.
Robinson struck his fourth successful penalty soon after the restart to restore Gloucester's 13-point lead and the home side looked assured a bonus point victory.
But a scuffle between props Paul Doran-Jones and opposite number Joe Marler saw Doran Jones dispatched to the sin-bin.
Despite the numerical disadvantage Gloucester continued to test an overworked Quins defence, before Evans made the numbers count and sprinted in from 25 metres.
The fly-half converted his own try to close the gap to six points and put the home team under pressure.
Gloucester's problems intensified when, just as Doran-Jones prepared to return, fellow prop Nick Wood was yellow-carded for tipping Nick Easter out of a lineout.
Evans made it 26-23 with the resulting penalty then hauled Quins level with his fourth penalty to set up a thrilling finale
Gloucester increasing looked to reassert themselves as the clock ticked down and they finally came up trumps when their forwards rumbled over from close range for Deacon to touchdown.
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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