Harlequins 37 Northampton Saints 19
Gallagher Premiership Sunday 7th March 2021
By Peter Moore
Harlequins moved up to third in the table after an explosive first-half display to record their fifth win in the last six games.
Quins went into the interval leading by 27-12 thanks to tries from Tyrone Green, Stephan Lewies and Marcus Brown. The home side held off a Northampton fightback despite having two men sent to the sin bin late in the game.
From the kick off Marcus Smith put Quins on the board with a penalty in front of the posts. Saints responded quickly when Fraser Dingwall set up Tom Collins who finished in the corner.
Harlequins responded straight away with two tries in three minutes. The first following a Danny Care grubber kick which fell inch perfectly for Green to dot down, before Scott Baldwin pounced on a loose ball to set up Lewies to crash over.
Saints hit back when Dingwall spotted a big gap and skipped through to set up Tom James to score his third try in two games.
Care was instrumental in Quins third try of the half picking out Brown to cross. Smith added the extras as the home side went into the break leading 27-12.
Northampton needed to score first in the second half and they duly responded when Dingwall seized on a loose ball with Ollie Sleighthome crossing.
Smith’s third penalty kick of the match took Quins advantage to 11 points, but extreme pressure from the visitors forced Quins into a serious of infringements that saw two yellow cards inside three minutes.
Jack Kenningham and Alex Dombrandt were despatched to the bin. But despite the two man advantage Saints failed to take advantage and it was Quins who had the last word with the last play of the game when a kick bounced to Luke Northmore with a burst of speed set up replacement fly-half Brett Heron to touchdown for the try bonus point.