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Aviva Premiership: Wasps 29-29 Harlequins

Wasps (23) 29
Tries: Powell, Varndell Cons: van Gisbergen 2 Pens: van Gisbergen 5
Harlequins (16) 29
Tries: Easter, Brown Cons: Evans 2 Pens: Evans 5

Jordan Turner-Hall is stopped by Rikki Flutey
Wasps enjoyed the better of the first half before Quins showed some steel

Wasps and Harlequins ended honours even in a cagey 29-29 draw at Twickenham.

Nick Easter scored Quins first try from a simple switch with fly-half Nick Evans before Andy Powell crossed on his debut for Wasps.

Tom Varndell streaked away to put Wasps in charge after Rikki Flutey's break, while Evans and Mark van Gisbergen were on target with the boot throughout.

Mike Brown's converted second-half try gave Quins a three-point lead but a late Wasps penalty cancelled it out.

The game was a tight affair throughout, characterised by Evans and Van Gisbergen's exchanges with the boot.

Easter's try came after two minutes when Evans ghosted past Simon Shaw from a line-out to feed back inside for the England number eight to coast in under the posts.

The former All Black added the conversion and after the Wasps full-back opened his account Evans quickly re-established Quins seven-point gap with a penalty of his own.

Powell's try, after some good work from Varndell and skipper Tom Rees, was converted to bring the scores level.

Flutey marked his return to Wasps by turning provider when he deftly gathered Jordan Turner-Hall's spill from a tackle and found Varndell with his offload.


Van Gisbergen's conversion gave Wasps a seven-point cushion, which was reduced when Evans slotted another penalty after Joe Worsley was sin-binned, and then reinstated by the Wasps number 15 before half time.

Harlequins hooker Chris Brooker should have scored four minutes after the break when he found himself in space close in but Wasps' scramble defence held him up over the line.

Evans and Van Gisbergen exchanged penalties again before Quins substituted their entire front row after they had repeatedly creaked in the scrum.

Conor O'Shea's men rallied again and Wasps conceded a raft of penalties that led to Evans's sixth kick of the afternoon.

Quins then produced their second try with well-executed simple rugby that saw Brown put clear as Turner-Hall and George Lowe drew in the covering defence.

Evans' conversion put Quins ahead with less than 15 minutes left and as Wasps pushed desperately, Chris Robshaw was penalised for not rolling away.

With four minutes on the clock Van Gisbergen fired the ball home to secure a share of the points.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea told BBC London:
"I'm disappointed we didn't win but I suppose Tony Hanks will say he is disappointed Wasps didn't win.

"We coughed up a couple of balls we spilled one that went to one of their players and they run the length of the pitch then Tom Rees loses the ball in contact and it falls to Andy Powell.

"I don't think we had a great deal of luck when we worked hard for our tries."

Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks:
"We were good for a while, but then got bogged down during the second half and did not show composure under pressure and did not respect the ball enough.

"By our standards, that performance was not good enough. Yes, we start the season with two points and showed character to come back when they seemed to have nicked it late on.

"But we came here to win a rugby match, and at one point in the game we were ahead and in control."

Wasps: van Gisbergen, Haughton, Jacobs, Waldouck, Varndell, Flutey, Berry, Payne, Webber, Vickery, Shaw, Birkett, Worsley, Rees, Powell.
Replacements: Broster for Payne (70), Lindsay for Webber (70),Taulafo for Vickery (63), Ward-Smith for Birkett (41), Betsen Tchoua for Powell (41).
Sin Bin: Worsley (33).

Harlequins: Brown, Williams, Lowe, Turner-Hall, Monye, Evans, Care, Jones, Brooker, Lambert, Kohn, Vallejos Cinalli, Robshaw, Skinner, Easter.
Replacements: O. Smith for Monye (68), Dickson for Care (68), Marler for Jones (51), Cairns for Brooker (51), Johnston for Lambert (51), Guest for Kohn (70), Browne for Vallejos Cinalli (73).

Att: 75,112

Ref: Chris White (RFU).

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Care signs Quins deal extension
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Waldouck signs new Wasps contract
17 Aug 10 |  London Wasps
Robshaw named new Quins captain
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