x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Gloucester deny Quins top spot

Harlequins missed out on the chance to go back to the top of the Premiership table last night.

Harlequins missed out on the chance to go back to the top of the Premiership table last night as they lost a thrilling clash 21-20 at Gloucester. It had looked as if it was going to be business as usual for Quins as tries from Mike Brown and Danny Care saw the London side cruise into an early lead. But the home side rallied in the second half as the boot of Willie Walker kept them in touch.

He kicked 10 points as Quins were pegged back, and a try from Alasdair Strokosch followed on from a first half score from Olly Morgan ensured it was their day. Leicester had to work hard to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season as they came from behind to win 19-17 at Worcester. Tries from Matt Mullan and Netani Talei had giventhe home side the lead, with Loki Crichton kicking two conversions as they led 14-3 early in the second half.

But four penalties from Toby Flood kept Leicester in touch and a try from Julien Dupuy completed their dramatic revival. Bath picked up their second win of the win as they won 20-16 at London Irish. Butch James led the way for Bath as he scored a try and also kicked eight points. Northampton won a high-scoring clash with Wasps 24-20. Bruce Reihana bagged 12 points for Northampton as he scored a try and kicked a penalty and two conversions, with Chris Ashton and Sean Lamont getting tries.

Dave Walder kicked four penalties for Wasps, with Dominic Waldouck getting their lone score. Sale had maintained their perfect start to the season on Friday as Luke McAllister kicked three penalties to take them to victory at Bristol on 9-6. @Email:gcaygill@thenational.ae @Email:gcaygill@thenational.ae