|Harlequins (13) 34|
|Tries: Lasike, Cavubati, Smith, Penalty strive Cons: Smith 3 Pens: Smith 2|
|Exeter: (13) 30|
|Tries: J Simmonds 2 Dollman Cons: J Simmonds 3 Pens: J Simmonds 3|
Harlequins secured a rare bonus level win over Exeter with an injury-time penalty strive at The Stoop.
Trailing by three factors deep into added time, Quins have been camped on the Chiefs line and have been awarded the strive after a collection of penalties.
Exeter took an early lead within the tight contest by means of Phil Dollman, earlier than Paul Lasike replied.
Joe Simmonds’ double regarded to have received it for the guests however Quins dug deep to grab victory late on.
The engrossing contest was tight all through, with neither facet capable of open up something over a seven-point lead.
Dollman was first on the scoresheet after bursting by means of a weak deal with from Quins outside-half Marcus Smith, who was in any other case wonderful.
Quins hit again by means of highly effective centre Paul Lasike who bulldozed his manner over because the groups went in stage on the break.
Half-time substitute Tevita Cavubati powered over to place the hosts forward earlier than the spectacular Joe Simmonds took centre stage.
The Chiefs quantity 10 scored two tries in three minutes to stun Quins and switch the sport on its head.
Smith’s stunning arcing run and dash to the nook levelled it up once more earlier than Simmonds put Chiefs again into the lead from the tee.
They remained in entrance because the clock ticked into the pink however the late Quins strain lastly instructed when Christophe Ridley signalled the penalty strive.
The 5 factors strikes the London facet into sixth and inside two factors of the playoff locations, whereas Exeter stay high of the desk.
Harlequins: Morris; Ismaiel. Penny, Lasike, Ibitoye; Smith, Care; Lambert, Baldwin, Kerrod, Younger, Symons, Chisholm, Robshaw (capt), Dombrandt
Replacements: Grey, Auterac, Collier, Cavubati, Kunatani, Saunders, Herron, Saili
Exeter: Dollman; O’Flaherty, Whitten, Hendrickson, Woodburn; Simmonds (capt), White; Hepburn, Taione, Pieretto, Kirsten, Skinner. Ewers, Vermeulen, Simmonds
Replacements: Poole, Keast, Schickerling, Hill, Armand, Maunder, Steenson, Devoto.
Referee: Christophe Ridley.
Yellow playing cards: Auterac (Harlequins); Devoto (Exeter).
Harlequins head of rugby Phil Gustard:
“That was one of many extra necessary wins. I used to be actually impressed with the character of the crew, six and a half minutes to go, to go for a scrum and never accept a draw.
“I feel the referee received the decision proper on the finish. Their loosehead turned his hips out and drove throughout.
“For me, one level wouldn’t have been sufficient, two factors would have been OK, nevertheless it was necessary we had the balls to go for the 4 or the 5. And with three tries already, it strikes us up the desk considerably.”
Exeter boss Rob Baxter:
“We had loads of different alternatives to see it out. I by no means felt it was a penalty strive, we weren’t going backwards. That is the factor with scrum penalties.
“However you must have extra self-discipline than that, and truthful play to Harlequins. They might have chosen three or 4 occasions to take the three factors and draw the sport.
“They determined to work very onerous, and ultimately they’ve labored us, received that penalty try to received the sport. It’s a must to give them the credit score for that.”