Wasps 21-24 Harlequins, Ricoh Arena
Sin-bins to Danny Cipriani and James Haskell proved costly for Wasps as they suffered a 21-24 defeat to Harlequins in their Aviva Premiership clash on Sunday bringing an end to a 20-game winning streak at Ricoh Arena.
Marcus Smith and Cipriani exchanged penalties at the start of the game following which Christian Wade put Wasps into lead with a 13th minute try.
However, Dai Young's men suffered a setback when Haskell was yellow-carded in the 19th minute for grappling with his international team-mate Marler. Harlequins capitalised on the advantage of having an extra man as Smith slotted a penalty and soon Marland Yarde crossed over to take the visitors to a 10-11 lead.
Cipriani's second penalty at the stroke of half time ensured Wasps ended the first half with a slender two point lead.
Charlie Walker strolled past the post after restart with Smith adding the extras to bring Quins into 13-18 lead but a sin-bin to Kyle Sinckler in the 52nd minute for illegally bringing down a Wasps maul saw Tom Cruse go past the line and the scores remained levelled at 18-18 at the end of the third quarter.
Even though Cirpiani brought Wasps into lead with his third penalty in the 61st minute, he was sin-binned five minutes later for a deliberate knock-on that allowed Smith kick two more penalties in the 67th and 71st minute to help Quins complete a three point win.
Despite the defeat, Wasps are at second in the table while Harlequins move to fifth.
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Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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