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Summary

  1. Converted Harry Thacker had given Leicester second-half lead
  2. Marland Yarde pounces on the break to score late Harlequins try
  3. Harlequins fly-half Ben Botica kicks 20 points to seal victory

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By Gary Smee

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FT: Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

It was certainly scrappy at times, but Harlequins won't mind as they stopped a run of three straight defeats with a battling victory over Leicester.

That's about all we've got time for tonight, but have no fear - we'll be back tomorrow with live text and radio commentary from Saturday's three Premiership games.

You can read Adam Williams' report here.

Thanks for joining us. Enjoy the rest of your Friday night!

FT: Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

Harlequins flanker Luke Wallace told BT Sport:

"It's so important, we had to be very honest with ourselves last week. It was an unacceptable performance.

"This is a stepping stone and gives us confidence moving forward."

FT: Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

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FT: Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

Well, what a second half that was!

Harry Thacker's try put Leicester into a brief lead, before Marland Yarde raced clear to open up a nine-point gap for Quins.

Leicester put the hosts under huge pressure at the end, but their defence held firm.

Tigers take a losing bonus point from the match, but slip to fourth as Harlequins climb above them into third.

Full-Time

Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

And that's it! Leicester knock the ball on and Harlequins get a vital win.

Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

Still Leicester are attacking but can't find the gaps. They need the converted try here. It's an incredible 14th phase of possession.

Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

Leicester are just metres from the try-line but Quins players are everywhere.

Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

And Tigers are on the front foot instantly, but can't get into Quins' 22.

Huge defence going on from the hosts, they're determined to see this out.

But Quins give away a penalty and Freddie Burns pumps it into the corner. Late drama anyone?

Penalty (Burns)

Harlequins 25-19 Leicester

Harlequins give away a penalty almost straight from the restart and Freddie Burns slots over.

A converted try will do for the visitors.

Try (Yarde, con Botica)

Harlequins 25-16 Leicester

That is a huge try for Harlequins, not only in this match, but perhaps their season!

Manu Tuilagi loses the ball in midfield, Ben Botica chips ahead and Marland Yarde races onto it to provide the finishing touch.

Botica adds the extras and the lead is up to nine points.

Missed penalty (Burns)

Harlequins 18-16 Leicester

Harlequins infringe at the line-out and concede a penalty out wide, but Freddie Burns' effort from the left wing doesn't quite have the legs to reclaim the lead for the visitors.

Harlequins 18-16 Leicester

Leicester go deep into the hosts' 22 but replacement prop Logovi'i Mulipola fumbles and the move breaks down.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill did not look impressed.

Penalty (Botica)

Harlequins 18-16 Leicester

Ben Botica decides to go for the posts from almost 50 metres and it sails over! Absolutely superb kick to put Quins back into the lead.

We're in for a thrilling final quarter of an hour here.

Harlequins 15-16 Leicester

Harlequins win yet another penalty from the scrum. How many times have we seen that tonight?

It's all gone a bit scrappy again after a much better second half.

Harlequins 15-16 Leicester

Into the final quarter here and a tense phase of play with mistakes on the floor and in the hands from both sides.

Harlequins 15-16 Leicester

Harlequins look a bit shell-shocked after that Leicester try. It came out of nowhere.

Still 20 minutes left for the hosts to respond and they have the wind at their backs.

Try (Thacker, con Burns)

Harlequins 15-16 Leicester

Just as I said Manu Tuilagi hadn't been involved much, the big Leicester centre makes a charge, the ball works its way out to Harry Thacker and the replacement bundles over for the opening try.

Freddie Burns converts to take the visitors back into the lead.

Suddenly the game has swung in Tigers' favour.

Harry Thacker try
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Harlequins 15-9 Leicester

England coach Eddie Jones has said Manu Tuilagi could still play a part for England in the Six Nations.

I'm not sure how much the Australian will be able to take from Tuilagi's performance so far - he hasn't done that much wrong, but hasn't really been involved in the thick of the action either.

Still 25 minutes for things to change though.

Eddie Jones
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Penalty (Bodica)

Harlequins 15-9 Leicester

Oh dear, more indiscipline from Leicester - something which plagued them in the defeat at Newcastle this time last week.

Leonardo Ghiraldini is penalised for coming in at the side and Ben Botica sends over the penalty. 

Quins just beginning to open up a bit of a gap.

Harlequins 12-9 Leicester

Freddie Burns comes on for Leicester in place of Oli Bryant.

Tigers will definitely need all of his experience with the boot as the wind continues to howl.

Harlequins 12-9 Leicester

Ben Botica's a fantastic kicker with a great percentage. He's been a great understudy for Nick Evans in recent years, but his injury really gives Botica a chance to step up here now and show what he can do."

Ollie SmithFormer Harlequins and Leicester centre on BBC Radio London

Missed penalty (Botica)

Harlequins 12-9 Leicester

Harlequins' forwards are definitely on top at the moment and Leicester concede another penalty at the scrum.

However, Ben Botica misses for the first time tonight from almost 50 metres as he slips on contact.

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Harlequins 12-9 Leicester

Oh, big big flashpoint here and it involves Manu Tuilagi. 

Quins players protest that the centre tackled Winston Stanley without arms, but replays suggest it was okay, perhaps just a little high.

Penalty to Quins. Not a lot in that it seemed.

Harlequins 12-9 Leicester

Fantastic effort from the Quins pack. They've really got the nudge on and the control with Nick Easter at the back of the scrum. They've earned the penalty there and the deserved lead."

Ollie SmithFormer Harlequins and Leicester centre on BBC Radio London

Penalty (Botica)

Harlequins 12-9 Leicester

Quins lead for the first time this evening. Leicester infringe at the scrum and Ben Botica sends over his fourth penalty.

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

Disappointment for the home fans as Quins work the ball from right to left and back again with some slick passing.

But Winston Stanley's pass is a little bit heavy and Harry Sloan can't cling on.

Scrum to Leicester and all the pressure is relieved.

The rain is horizontal at the moment. Horrible conditions.

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

There is some real attacking intent from Harlequins in the opening couple of minutes of this second half.

Referee JP Doyle has to call a halt to proceedings though as the play makes its way towards an injured Marland Yarde who is down on the turf.

It looks like he went over on his ankle. He's going to try and run it off though. Tough man is Marland.

Kick-Off

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

And Quins' Ben Botica gets us under way.

HT: Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

The teams make their way back out for the second half.

And guess what...the rain's started again!

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HT: Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

With the Six Nations taking a break this weekend, the Premiership takes centre stage.

Once we're done and dusted with tonight's game, there's plenty more to give us our rugby fix on Saturday and Sunday.

Tomorrow, Saracens will be looking to get back to winning ways as they host in-form Gloucester.

Worcester will be looking to end a winless run of 13 games against Sale while Bath will be hoping Wasps have left their scoring boots back at home this week when the two go head-to-head at The Rec.

Sunday sees London Irish take on Exeter, while Newcastle welcome Northampton.

Half-Time

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

The half-time whistle goes, and it's probably done everyone a favour!

Not the most thrilling 40 minutes of rugby you'll ever see as both teams struggled to get to grips with the slippery ball.

Manu Tuilagi has been quiet on his Tigers return and veteran South African Jean De Villiers hasn't seen much of the ball on his debut either.

Quins will probably be the happier of the two sides in the dressing room. They'll have the wind at their backs after the break.

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

However, the attacking momentum comes to nothing for Quins as Luke Wallace's wayward pass goes straight into touch.

Pretty much sums up this first half.

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

Leicester flanker Brendon O'Connor has picked up a knock and can't carry on.

He's replaced by Harry Thacker.

Meanwhile, Quins win a penalty and Ben Botica decides to go for touch into the wind.

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

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Neither team can say they're on top here and the scoreboard really reflects that. The conditions are really tricky for scoring here and it's not making for attractive rugby."

Steve JohnsonFormer Leicester Tigers flanker on BBC Radio Leicester

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

It's been a pretty quiet half so far for Manu Tuilagi.

However, it hasn't really been a game for the backs.

Just as I mention him, the England centre spills the ball and it's a scrum to Harlequins.

Manu Tuilagi
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Penalty (Botica)

Harlequins 9-9 Leicester

Ah, if only it was dry at The Stoop! Quins wing Marland Yarde breaks towards the try-line but loses his footing just at the wrong moment.

However, Leicester are punished for holding on, and the penalty is duly slotted through by Ben Botica.

Marland Yarde
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Penalty (Bryant)

Harlequins 6-9 Leicester

Quins prop Adam Jones is punished for not moving away and it's another penalty.

Oli Bryant makes it three out of three and Leicester regain the lead.