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Summary

  1. FT: Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester
  2. Marchant (2) & Clifford with Quins tries
  3. Evans, Hook & Matu'u with Gloucester replies
  4. Quins ended match with 14 men
  5. 77,567 in attendance at Twickenham

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By Tom Garry

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FT: Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

Harlequins celebrate
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That's it from me then, after a crowd of 77,567 watched another thriller between Harlequins and Gloucester at Twickenham.

I hope you enjoyed the game and have a very good evening.

Goodnight.

Harlequins hold on to win

FT: Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

That wins moves Quins back up to sixth in the Premiership, above Northampton, who won on 23 December against Sale.

Gloucester's losing bonus point sees them climb above Newcastle into eighth place.

Harlequins hold on to win

FT: Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

Well, it was another thriller in the festive fixture at Twickenham, wasn't it?!

It was a slow burner to start with, but that game really got going in the second half.

Full-time

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

What a finish! But Quins win! It's there!

Gloucester were driving forward, five metres out. But Quins turned the ball over and kicked clear... they'd won? No, not yet, the ball was not dead.

And Jonny May had another go, running across field. Quins sensed danger.

But Gloucester ran our of room... And ran out of time. A thrilling finale, but a four-point win for Quins.

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

Gloucester opt for a line-out. They're in the Quins 22. They're driving towards the line...

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

Gloucester, who have a man advantage, might get one last chance.

They have possession, on halfway...

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

Gloucester come forward dangerously but suddenly the pressure is relieved as Alofa Alofa wins the ball back for Quins and gets it clear down the left.

His break is halted but the ball is in the Gloucester half, right where Quins need it to be.

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

From a Quins scrum in their own 22, Danny Care kicks the ball out for a Gloucester line-out.

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

Greig Laidlaw
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Gloucester can sense they have a big chance here. How are your nerves, Quins fans?

Sin-bin (Clifford)

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

Meanwhile, JP Doyle sends Quins' Jack Clifford to the bin because of a professional foul in the build-up to that Gloucester try,

So the hosts will end this game with 14 men.

Try (Matu'u, con Burns)

Harlequins 28-24 Gloucester

We're in for some finish now! Replacement prop Motu Matu'u gets his first Premiership try, diving over after a driving maul down the right flank.

Billy Burns' perfect kick brings Gloucester to within four.

Harlequins 28-17 Gloucester

Today's attendance at Twickenham is confirmed as 77,567 - wow.

That's some turnout and a terrific justification for festive Premiership rugby.

Twickenham
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Harlequins 28-17 Gloucester

Gloucester are penalised for not releasing by referee JP Doyle and they lose possession on the halfway line.

Time is starting to run out for the Cherry and Whites.

Chance for a try missed

Harlequins 28-17 Gloucester

Gloucester should score here but Willie Heinz is denied! Tim Visser does brilliantly to get back and stop him as the Gloucester man is stumbling towards the line.

Jonny May had started it with a fine offload, close to the touchline. And the break was rapid, right until the moment Visser came powering across to intervene.

That could be a crucial moment. Gloucester remain 11 points adrift.

Harlequins 28-17 Gloucester

So, 11 points in the game, 15 minutes to play. Can Gloucester give us a grand finale?

Try (Hook, con Laidlaw)

Harlequins 28-17 Gloucester

There is it, Gloucester do get back into the match. This is turning into quite some second half!

Jonny May and James Hook combine well and Hook dummies before turning inside the get the ball over. May's run was top class there and he showed really good hands.

Greig Laidlaw's kick is good too.

Harlequins 28-10 Gloucester

Down the other end, Gloucester press for a try but they're held up a few metres out.

They still have possession though, about 15m from the line.

Try (Marchant, con Jackson)

Harlequins 28-10 Gloucester

Joe Marchant
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Great rugby! Joe Marchant is in for his second try of the game after neat Quins work from a right-wing set-piece.

They gather the ball form the line-out, 5m out, and spread it across the field quickly, eventually finding Marchant, who evades a Gloucester tackle with a strong hand-off to put Quins well clear.

Ruaridh Jackson's kick makes it 28-10.

Replacements (Gloucester)

Harlequins 21-10 Gloucester

Gloucester make further changes, with Motu Matu'u and Andy Symons coming on for Richard Hibbard and Billy Twelvetrees.

Harlequins 21-10 Gloucester

Gloucester win a penalty in the Quins half because of a very late tackle.

But Greig Laidlaw does not opt to kick for the posts. They want another try.

Meanwhile, the visitors make a series of changes, with second row Tom Savage needing to go off because of blood.

Penalty (Jackson)

Harlequins 21-10 Gloucester

Wing Jonny May comes back onto the field for Gloucester after his spell in the sin-bin.

But Quins win a penalty from the kick-off and Ruaridh Jackson kicks Harlequins into a 21-10 lead.

Ruaridh Jackson
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Try (Evans, con Laidlaw)

Harlequins 18-10 Gloucester

After a lengthy spell of pressure, Gloucester do have a try!

It's number eight Gareth Evans, in as last-minute replacement for the unwell Ben Morgan, who dives over from two yards following several Gloucester phases inside the 5m line.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw kicks the conversion to reduce the deficit to 10 points.

Gareth Evans
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No try

Harlequins 18-3 Gloucester

And it was indeed slightly offside. James Hook was ahead of the kick when it was played. No score.

A let-off for Harlequins and, particularly, for Marland Yarde.

Try review

Harlequins 18-3 Gloucester

Oh no, Marland Yarde, that's a shocker! He drops a simple catch behind the try line... And James Hook pounces to score!

But was Hook offside? Maybe...

Harlequins 18-3 Gloucester

Another three minutes remain until wing Jonny May can return to the field for Gloucester.

Harlequins 18-3 Gloucester

... But they respond now. They're up into the Quins 22.

However, Jack Clifford is there with a strong tackle to halt the attack.

Quins eventually clear and win a line-out.

Harlequins 18-3 Gloucester

Down to 14 men still, and now 15 points behind, Gloucester are in a slight state of shock.

Any instructions they received from David Humphreys surely went out the window there.

Try (Clifford, con Jackson)

Harlequins 18-3 Gloucester

What a start to the second half for Quins! 30 seconds after the restart, Jack Clifford crosses for the second try! Danny Care snaffles a loose ball and Clifford is the fastest man out there. He goes over in the corner. Another easy try.

Ruaridh Jackson adds the extras.  

Kick-off

Harlequins 11-3 Gloucester

Harlequins get the second 40 minutes under way.

Could we see nine more tries?

HT: Harlequins 11-3 Gloucester

There could well be plenty of action to come in the second half, give the history between these two.

After all, this fixtures finished 39-39 last season!

Matching last year's 10 tries from here will be a tall order though...

15 v 14

HT: Harlequins 11-3 Gloucester

The bad news for Gloucester is they'll have to play the first nine-and-a-half minutes of the second half with just 14 men.

Jonny May's deliberate knock-on was pretty cynical, it has to be said, after a decent carry from Quins' Mike Brown.

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So, Joe Marchant's try is the key difference between the sides at the break.

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Half-time

Harlequins 11-3 Gloucester

And that's the last act of the first half. Quins are the happier of the two teams as they trudge off down the tunnel.

Penalty (Jackson)

Harlequins 11-3 Gloucester

From the resulting penalty, Ruaridh Jackson makes no mistake and gives Quins an 11-3 lead.

Sin-bin (May)

Harlequins 8-3 Gloucester

Gloucester's Jonny May gets a yellow for a deliberate knock-on.

For a split second, referee JP Doyle accidentally brings out the red card! But says 'sorry' and brings out the expected yellow instead. They all have a little laugh about it.

Penalty to Quins...

Penalty (Jackson)

Harlequins 8-3 Gloucester

Quins win a penalty from the scrum and Ruaridh Jackson kicks a very simple three points to restore the five-point lead.

Harlequins 5-3 Gloucester

The atmosphere has definitely been lifted since the opening try. The ball is currently midway into the Gloucester half, with Quins to put the ball in at a scrum.

Penalty (Laidlaw)

Harlequins 5-3 Gloucester

Greig Laidlaw gets Gloucester on the scoreboard, comfortably kicking through the posts after Quins were penalised on the floor.

What a hit!

Harlequins 5-0 Gloucester

England's Joe Marler crashes into Gloucester's Charlie Sharples and it is an huge hit! Sharples has the wind knocked out of him. Ouch.

A textbook tackle, though.

Try (Marchant, missed con Jackson)

Harlequins 5-0 Gloucester

Harlequins celebrate scoring the opening try
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There's the breakthrough! And it is very, very easy for the hosts. Where are the Gloucester defence?

Danny Care finds Joe Marchant in acres of space and it is a simple, unchallenged finish from about seven metres.

Ruaridh Jackson's conversion swerves just to the right of the posts.