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Aviva Premiership: Harlequins defeat ill-disciplined Gloucester
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Harlequins celebrated 50 years at the Twickenham Stoop with a 27-19 win over Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership.
Gloucester were firmly in contention for the first half-hour but could not overcome the loss of three players to the sin bin.
Nick Easter and Danny Care both crossed for tries, while Gloucester scrum-half Jimmy Cowan was on the sidelines, while Luke Wallace also crossed for a try in the second half.
The visitors also scored three tries, with Billy Twelvetrees grabbing a double and Jonny May also crossing the line, but there was to be no second-half comeback.
Gloucester were penalised straight from the kick-off and fell behind to a penalty from Nick Evans, but Quins were soon put under pressure when Mike Brown kicked out on the full.
The visitors secured possession and capitalised when hooker Huia Edmonds threw a delightful dummy to send Twelvetrees over for the try which Freddie Burns failed to convert.
Evans put Quins back in front with his second penalty and Gloucester were having marginally the better of the half before they suffered two crucial blows in quick succession.
First Cowan was yellow-carded for deliberately impeding Care as the Quins scrum-half chased his own kick, before Easter drove over from a close range line-out for a try which Evans converted.
Worse was to follow for the visitors as Burns' restart went straight into touch to put his side on the back foot once again. Quins were soon back in the opposition 22 and over the try line when Care saw a gap and darted over for Evans to convert.
Cowan's absence had seen Gloucester concede 14 points, but he returned in time to see Burns miss with a straight-forward penalty to leave Gloucester trailing 20-5 at half-time.
Within three minutes of the restart, Gloucester were back down to 14 men as skipper Tom Savage was yellow-carded for taking down George Robson in the line-out. Evans kicked for the corner, Wallace drove over and Evans converted to kill the game off.
Half-time replacement Martyn Thomas became Gloucester's third player to be sent to the bin, but they made light of the disadvantage when May seized a loose ball and ran 50 metres to score a try which Burns converted.
Quins did not escape the sin bin treatment as Robson was shown the yellow card, while the home side looked to have extended their lead when Tom Williams crossed the line but the TMO spotted a forward pass.
With 13 minutes remaining both teams had their numbers restored and it was Gloucester who finished the stronger to gain reward with a late try from Twelvetrees, who collected a clever chip through from Burns to score.
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|Friday 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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