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  • Brown, Smith, Hooper,
    Penalty goals: Evans (3),
    Conversions: Evans (2),
28 - 25

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  • Twelvetrees,
    Penalty goals: Burns (6),
    Conversions: Burns,
  • 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

Last updated: 3rd November 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Tom Williams Harlequins v Gloucester Aviva Premiership

Gloucester's Tom Savage keeps a close eye on Quins' Tom Williams

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Matt Hopper: Scored Quins' second try against Gloucester

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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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