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Harlequins 17-10 Wasps

Harlequins (17) 17
Tries: Marler, Brown, Easter Con: Evans
Wasps (7) 10
Tries: Haughton Con: Van Gisbergen Pen: Walder

Harlequins v Wasps

Harlequins ran in three first-half tries at The Stoop as they leapfrogged Wasps to climb to fourth after winning a closely-contested London derby.

After visiting winger Richard Haughton had quickly cancelled out home prop Joe Marler's early try, full-back Mark van Gisbergen's conversion put Wasps ahead.

But quick tries from full-back Mike Brown and England number eight Nick Easter sent Quins in 17-7 at the break.

And the only second-half score was a penalty from Wasps' Dave Walder.

Just four days before national manager Martin Johnson names his Six Nations squad, England attack coach Brian Smith saw both Marler, the 20-year-old prop called up to the England training camp as injury cover during the autumn internationals, and Easter get on the scoresheet.

But, playing with very little possession in the second half, Quins had to dig in desperately to deny a Wasps side who had won seven of their last eight matches.

The Wasps pack, without England duo Simon Shaw and Joe Worsley, who were both rested, competed with Quins in a tough forward battle, in which Wales number eight Andy Powell was always looking to make the hard yards and veteran former France captain Serge Betsen worked tirelessly.

The visitors dominated the opening stages, with England centre Riki Flutey, playing at fly-half after missing the autumn Tests with a calf injury, Powell and flanker Richard Birkett, back for his first match since October, all prominent.

We are delighted - three wins over Christmas against London Irish, Northampton and Wasps is a pretty good return for us

Harlequins coach Conor O'Shea

Watched by a sell-out 14,282 crowd, they pounded away but a well-drilled Quins defence soaked up all the pressure before taking the lead against the run of play.

In their first significant attack, winger Tom Williams was stopped just short. But, moving the ball quickly left, Quins created space for Marler to charge over and dive in near the flag.

Wasps hit back to take the lead five minutes later when van Gisbergen timed his entry into the line perfectly to provide the final pass for Haughton to go over in the right corner.

But Quins responded with a wave of attacks which ended when scrum-half Danny Care, looking to regain his England starting spot from Ben Youngs, moved the ball quickly from the base of a ruck to put Brown over in the left corner.

Evans converted and Quins went further ahead three minutes before half-time when Easter drove in through a crowd of players as Wasps defended desperately on their own line.

The visitors made four substitutions nine minutes into the second half - and the changes gave Wasps a new impetus.

Even though Walder missed two penalties, he confidently struck the third in the 61st minute to reduce the deficit to seven points. But Quins' well-drilled defence held out.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea said:

"The first half was a cracking game of rugby from both sides and then, for 40 minutes of the second half, we just did not have the ball, couldn't get out of our half and you credit that to Wasps.

"Three wins over Christmas against London Irish, Northampton and Wasps is a pretty good return for us. We feel we are going to get stronger and stronger.

"But we're where we wanted to be. We're also in the mix in the LV and the Amlin and we have a few tired bodies after Christmas because they've given a huge amount."

Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks said:

"We lacked composure a couple of times when we created breaks and opportunities.

"We had enough possession and our forwards did enough in terms of set-piece to give us the platform, but we forced a couple of chances and there were a couple of knock-ons.

"The last three or four minutes were disappointing for us in that we probably just panicked a little bit and were trying to score off every pass."

Harlequins: Brown; Williams, Lowe, Turner-Hall, Monye; Evans, Care; Marler, Gray, Lambert, Kohn, Robson, Guest, Robshaw, Easter.

Replacements: Casson for Williams (67), Brooker for Gray (36), Vallejos Cinalli for Kohn (61), Skinner for Guest (55).

Wasps: van Gisbergen, Haughton, Jacobs, Kefu, Varndell, Flutey, Berry, Payne, Lindsay, Taulafo, Veale, Cannon, Birkett, Betsen Tchoua, Powell.

Replacements: Lemi for Haughton (56), Jones for Kefu (61), Walder for Flutey (49), Simpson for Berry (49), Beech for Payne (49), Broster for Taulafo (49).

Att: 14,282

Ref: Wayne Barnes (RFU).

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