Harlequins 41-14 Saracens, Twickenham Stoop
Harlequins came up with a six-try performance as they trounced Saracens 41-14 in the ninth round of the Gallagher Premiership clash at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.
The win has taken Harlequins are at sixth place in the table with 22 points while Saracens, who will face relegation at the end of the season for salary cap breaches are down at the bottom with -7 points - which includes -35 point sanction as well.
With a number of key players rested for the game, Saracens' lack of intensity was clearly visible and Harlequins made most of it with Danny Care crossing over within 78 seconds. Marcus Smith kicked the conversion to provide the hosts seven point lead which became 12 by the 11th minute with Cadan Murley going over the line.
A dummy kick from Smith set up Murley for his second in the 22nd minute with the fly-half improving it making it 19-0 before Saracens finally got a breakthrough with Alex Lozowski's try around the half-hour mark as the teams finished the first half with a 19-7 scoreline.
Gabriel Ibitoye and Paul Lasike crossed over early in the second half increasing their tally to 31 points. Dominic Morris with a 55th minute try provided some consolation for the Sarries but Martin Landajo landed another blow to the visitors with a 76th minute touchdown as Paul Gustard's men registered a comfortable victory.
“For the fans, for the players, it’s a huge derby for us. We knew they were missing a lot of key players today and it was a huge opportunity for us and we didn’t want to let it go," said Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw.
“Our last two Premiership games we’ve not been quite at the races, we had a disappointing result at Sale, but to come back home and get a massive bonus-point win like that is credit to all the guys."
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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