Harlequins shock Saracens with 20-19 win after Tim Visser's late try

Harlequins' Tim Visser scored the match-winning try at the death
Harlequins' Tim Visser scored the match-winning try at the death

Harlequins 20-19 Saracens, Twickenham Stoop

Tim Visser scored the decisive try in the closing stage as Harlequins came from behind to beat Saracens 20-19 in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.

This is Saracens' third consecutive win in this season of Premiership as they are positioned third while Harlequins have moved to seventh place.

The Harlequins suffered an early blow when fly-half Marcus Smith was a late injury withdrawal and James Lang moved from the bench to take up the kicking responsibility. Things went from bad to worse for the home side as Brad Barritt crossed over in the second minute while a conversion and a penalty from Owen Farrell made it 0-10.

The visitors did build pressure but were kept away by resolute defence and finally found a breakthrough when a cross-field kick from Care saw Walker collect and score as the Quins ended the first half with 5-10 trail. Harlequins also suffered a setback when Will Collier left the field with an arm injury and was replaced by Kyle Sinckler.

Lang kicked his first penalty in the 42nd minute after Saracens were penalised at the scrum before Mark McCall's men lost Maro Itoje with a facial injury.

Farrell kicked two penalties in the 51st and 60th minute to put Saracens eight points clear but Danny Care then dashed away and kicked ahead for Walker to win the race for the touchdown to bring down the gap to one point.

It looked all but over for Harlequins when Farrell slotted his fourth penalty in the 74th minute but Scotland wing Visser crossed in the corner to complete a thrilling one point win for the home side.

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