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Aviva Premiership: Harlequins hold on for victory over London Wasps
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Andy Goode's injury-time conversion came back off the post as Harlequins held on to win the derby season-opener against Wasps 16-15 at Twickenham.
The first half proved to be a scrappy affair as two normally free-flowing teams were unable to hold on to the ball for any sustained period.
Wasps did find their way over the try-line through Joe Launchbury and Andy Goode added a conversion and a penalty as they led 10-3 at the break, but genuine chances were at a premium.
Quins' response in the opening period came through a Nick Evans' three-pointer before the fly-half added two more penalties after the interval.
Karl Dickson then went over late on, but Tom Palmer's touchdown gave Goode the chance to snatch the win. However, his effort hit the left-hand post.
In the same fixture last season, Wasps led 40-13 early in the second half only to succumb 42-40 after a superb comeback by the Stoop-based team.
That time, the High Wycombe outfit started with a high tempo and exposed a lacklustre Quins' side.
It seemed this match could go the same way when Launchbury touched down in the opening minute after early pressure.
Goode, a new signing from Worcester Warriors, was on target with the conversion as Wasps took a 7-0 advantage.
However, that was quickly reduced by former New Zealand international Evans although uncharacteristically, both teams were struggling to put phases together. And although Wasps' stand-off restored their seven-point lead after 13 minutes that was the last scoring action of the half.
Quins' prospects were not helped by the unusually wayward kicking of their fly-half, who missed two opportunities before the interval. But he was not about to continue that streak as Conor O'Shea's men hit back after the break.
Evans was successful with two three-pointers to bring them to within one point.
Quins were still finding it difficult to break down a stubborn Wasps' team, but the crucial score eventually came when Dickson finished from close-range after the forwards had done the hard yards.
Back came Wasps, though, and Palmer went over after a period of pressure, but Goode's conversion attempt was agonisisngly off-target and came back off the upright.
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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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