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- Aviva Premiership
- 3rd Nov 2012
- KO 17:15
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 14,517
Aviva Premiership: Quins back on top after tense win over Gloucester
Harlequins returned to the top of the Aviva Premiership table following a 28-25 success over Gloucester at the Twickenham Stoop.
First-half tries from Mike Brown, Matt Hopper and Sam Smith gave Quins a 15-12 lead, while Nick Evans kicked three penalties for the home side.
Evans booted the home side into a 3-0 lead, but it lasted three minutes as Freddie Burns' successful penalty levelled the scoreline.
Quins scored the first try when a strong run from Maurie Fa'asavalu provided the field position before the ball was spread out wide for full-back Mike Brown to touch down. Evans converted for a 10-3 lead.
Gloucester dug in and three consecutive penalties from rising star Burns put the visitors 12-10 to the good with 34 minutes played.
However, Harlequins finished the half with a flourish with Danny Care's quick tap freed Tom Williams, who drew in his markers before feeding Hopper to score.
With half-time approaching Martyn Thomas' pass was picked off by Sam Smith who raced half the length of the field to give Quins their second try of the half and a 22-12 lead thanks to Evans' successful conversion.
Burns reduced the arrears after half-time with another penalty, but Gloucester found themselves down to 14 men when Shane Monahan was sin-binned for tackling Brown in the air.
Quins failed to extend their lead with a man advantage when Evans pulled his penalty wide of the near post, but he made amends on 59 minutes with a three-pointer from 41 metres out.
Gloucester again made it a seven-point game courtesy of Burns' successful penalty - his sixth of the contest. However, the sides continued to swap penalties as Evans booted Quins 28-18 in front.
Harlequins surrendered field position in the closing stages and Gloucester counter-attacked in style by going the length of the field with Billy Twelvetrees scoring and Burns converting, but it was too little too late.
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|Sunday 30th November|
|Newcastle Falcons 13 - 18 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 14 - 43 Northampton|
|London Irish 9 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Exeter 27 - 19 Saracens|
|Leicester Tigers 18 - 16 Wasps|
|Friday 28th November|
|Bath 25 - 6 Harlequins|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
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