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Aviva Premiership: Exeter Chiefs stun leaders Harlequins
Exeter completed an Aviva Premiership double over Harlequins with a 27-16 victory over the leaders and champions at the Twickenham Stoop.
The Chiefs needed a win to maintain their push for a Heineken Cup place and after a tense 60 minutes, they seized control with two tries in seven minutes.
Harlequins looked anything but a side with legitimate ambitions for an unprecedented treble as they disintegrated under pressure in the final quarter.
Quins appeared set to avenge October's defeat at Sandy Park as they raced ahead after just six minutes with a sublime try from Ugo Monye.
Quick lineout ball was swept out wide and with decoy runners seemingly everywhere, Monye arrived on a superb line to take a flat ball from Jordan Turner-Hall and charge over, with Nick Evans adding the extras.
But Exeter's gameplan was based around discipline and patience and they chipped away at the lead over the next 10 minutes, Gareth Steenson knocking over two penalties.
Evans missed a kick at goal from the touchline, before a charge up the middle by Jack Nowell earned the Chiefs a penalty for offside, which Steenson kicked.
Quins regained the lead when Alex Brown conceded a penalty as a scrum collapsed and this time Evans found the target, but when Ben Botica took over the kicking duties on the stroke of half-time, he missed a very kickable chance.
Two minutes into the second half Quins were penalised for hands in at a ruck and Steenson duly put the visitors ahead again at 12-10.
The game was turning into a kicking contest and two penalties from Botica followed, before Steenson kicked his fifth from five.
But just past the hour Exeter blew the game wide open. Steenson skipped and weaved his way through midfield and raced clear, only for Luke Arscott to knock on Matt Jess' pass 10 metres out with the line at his mercy.
It was only a temporary reprieve for Quins as three minutes later Steenson again broke through close to the line, before the ball was recycled and shippped out wide for Damian Welch to crash over.
Steenson's missed conversion was the only blip in a superb individual display from the fly-half and it made no difference as from a Quins drop-out, Arscott burst straight through the centre of a tired defence before diving gleefully over by the sticks to seal a deserved victory for Exeter.
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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|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 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|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|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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