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Summary

  1. FT: Harlequins 18-27 Leicester Tigers
  2. Tigers move level with fourth-placed Bath
  3. Ward gets late Quins try as Hamilton yellow-carded
  4. Burns intercepts to extend lead
  5. Morris sin-binned and Tigers given penalty try
  6. Alofa dots down before Harrison scores

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By Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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FT: Harlequins 18-27 Leicester

Thank you for your company this evening.

Leicester fans, enjoy the rest of your Friday night and commiserations to those of a Harlequins persuasion.

All the Six Nations and Premiership action is available across BBC Sport this weekend for your next rugby fix.

Until then, good night. 

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FT: Harlequins 18-27 Leicester

Saturday

  • Saracens v Sale (14:45 GMT)
  • Exeter v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)
  • Northampton v Worcester (15:00 GMT)

Sunday

  • Bristol v Bath (13:00 GMT)
  • Wasps v Gloucester (13:00 GMT)

FT: Harlequins 18-27 Leicester

Leicester prop Ellis Genge told BT Sport: "We said that Harlequins were defending really well but we were more direct and playing territory more and it paid off.

"It's a prestigious club and the results in the past few months haven't reflected on us. 

"You can see it in the performance we're grafting out on the pitch"

Full-time

Harlequins 18-27 Leicester

What a second half that was from Leicester as they do the Premiership double over Harlequins.

In winning they end Quins' unbeaten record in the league at the Twickenham Stoop this season.

Aaron Mauger's side go level on points with fourth-placed Bath but stay fifth.

Try (Ward)

Harlequins 18-27 Leicester

Credit to Harlequins for keeping going in a losing cause but chasing this losing bonus point.

Dave Ward is the grateful man at the back of the maul.

Ruaridh Jackson from the right touchline is not close with his effort, so nothing for their efforts for Quins.

Sin-bin

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

The game goes on and Leicester will end it with 14 men as Luke Hamilton is sent to the bin for his offence in the line-out.

Another Harlequins throw in from the five metre.

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

The hosts are throwing everything at Leicester, but it will be a case of too little, too late.

Another penalty close to the line is kicked to the corner and it is a losing bonus point that Harlequins are chasing now.

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

Some monumental Leicester defending on their own line keeping Harlequins out a the moment.

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

Harlequins mess up a line-out set piece move but luckily for them the ball bounces backwards.

They earn another penalty, kick to touch and a five metre line-out.

Can they score?

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

And then, the Quins backlike bursts into life.

A grubber kick ahead turns into a foot race but Telusa Veainu shows brilliant gas to beat three chasing Harlequins players and do enough to help them clear.

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

They have the ball, but they're deep in their own half Harlequins.

Understandably they're trying to run it from deep but they're not making too many in roads right now.

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

Oh dear. This was the chance for Harlequins. 

With a line-out 10 metres from the Leicester try line, they knock the ball forward from the first pod and Leicester have a relieving scrum.

A flurry of changes from both sides.

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

A kicking exchange breaks out as both sides look for territory.

Harlequins need to be in point-scoring range, while Leicester just need to get themselves as far from their 22 as they can.

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

To show you how good Leicester have been after the break, they have score 24 unanswered points.

Harlequins need a response and they need it quickly.

Try (Burns, con Williams)

Harlequins 13-27 Leicester

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You simply cannot teach this.

Freddie Burns rushes up in defence, reads a pass beautifully, intercepts it and sprints for the line under pressure.

As he took a blow dotting the ball down, Owen Williams, on moments ago, knocks over the conversion.

Harlequins back up to 15 players but a long way back now.

Harlequins 13-20 Leicester

Well they made the chance for themselves but again Leicester's execution lets them down with the try line gaping as the pass to JP Pietersen is too far in front of him and goes into touch.

Harlequins 13-20 Leicester

With another penalty in Harlequins territory, Leicester back themselves from the line-out instead of taking the chance to go more than a score ahead from the kicking tee.

Penalty (Burns)

Harlequins 13-20 Leicester

He scored 20 points against Harlequins in the reverse fixture and Freddie Burns is striking the ball sweetly tonight.

A seven point lead for Leicester now.

Harlequins 13-17 Leicester

Aaron Mauger's Tigers side looking threatening again inside the Harlequins 22 before they earn a penalty. 

A discussion for the corner again comes to the end Leicester will go for the posts.

Harlequins 13-17 Leicester

With the man disadvantage now, it is the hard yards by the Harlequins forwards.

They maul the ball twice and then lots of ball taken off scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone very short around the fringes.

Try (Penalty try, con Burns)

Harlequins 13-17 Leicester

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With a free play, a crossfield kick is gathered by Adam Thompstone out wide but in trying to challenge him, Quins full-back Aaron Morris takes him out in the air to prevent him from scoring.

It was in possible red card territory, but the referee decided just a yellow and what would have been a try.

Thompstone is taking off for a head injury assessment and Freddie Burns extends Leicester's lead.

Harlequins 13-10 Leicester

Big call. Big, big call by Dominic Barrow.

A five metre penalty from not a difficult kicking angle and they go for the corner and the line-out.

Harlequins 13-10 Leicester

Just as Harlequins' first points of the game gave them a boost of confidence in everything they did, Leicester are now playing with a bit more oomph. 

They're deep into Quins territory again, going through phases.

Try (Harrison, con Burns)

Harlequins 13-10 Leicester

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Game on.

Harlequins do well initially to keep out wave and wave of Leicester attack, but with quick ball Sam Harrison backs himself off the back of the ruck and spins, turns and dives over the line.

Freddie Burns is on target for two more.

Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

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Not too much action to write home about in the opening minutes.

Harlequins full-back Aaron Morris takes a high ball out of the air and it is then cleared from their territory.

Kick-off

Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

We're back underway at the Twickenham Stoop through Freddie Burns.

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HT: Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

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Your rugby weekend

HT: Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

We've got you covered this weekend whether it be Six Nations or Premiership:

Saturday

Six Nations

14:00-16:30 - Scotland v Wales, BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

16:30-18:50 - Ireland v France, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Premiership (live text and radio commentary)

  • Saracens v Sale (14:45 GMT)
  • Exeter v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)
  • Northampton v Worcester (15:00 GMT

Sunday

Six Nations

15:00-17:00 - England v Italy, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

18:00-19:00 - Six Nations Special, BBC Two (not in Wales; 23:35-00:35, BBC Two Scotland)

Premiership (live text and radio commentary)

  • Bristol v Bath (13:00 GMT)
  • Wasps v Gloucester (13:00 GMT)

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HT: Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

Have Leicester not been clinical enough? Did Harlequins finally click into gear?

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Let us know that and your thoughts through the second half at #bbcrugby.

HT: Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

Steve Johnson

Ex-Leicester flanker on BBC Radio Leicester

I think everything Leicester have tried to do has been obvious to the opposition.

They're just not on fire, and there's been some reckless play as well.

They've had ample possession and ample territory, they've just not converted it into points.

Half-time

Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

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The man heading to Bath next season, Freddie Burns, has no where near the length on his kick and that's the last action of the half.

Leicester on top in the first quarter, Harlequins in the second, and Alofa Alofa's try the real difference between the two. 

Both sides will still fancy this.

Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

An interesting end to the half.

Leicester have a penalty, the referee makes the mark but then brings fly-half Freddie Burns five yards back and won't let me change the call to have a shot at goal.

Penalty (Jackson)

Harlequins 13-3 Leicester

They might not have been in the game much in the opening quarter but that is a 10 point lead now for Harlequins as Ruaridh Jackson, just, knocks the ball between the uprights

Harlequins 10-3 Leicester

A driving maul with some intent of the back off the line-out from Harlequins makes a good 15 metres forward before Leicester decide they can do nothing but bring it down.

Harlequins taking a shot at the sticks.

Harlequins 10-3 Leicester

Leicester work it through 10 phases but can only get the to edge of Harlequins' 22 metre line, where the ball is then knocked on. 

Some dogged defence by Quins in the tight.

Harlequins 10-3 Leicester

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One or two of Harlequins' England contigent in attendance tonight with their Six Nations game against Italy on Sunday.

Quins fly-half Nick Evans and Leicester prop Ellis Genge just receiving treatment - Evans is off after last 32 minutes following three months out, Ruaridh Jackoson on. 

Harlequins 10-3 Leicester

Leicester captain for the night Dominic Barrow with a monstrous hit on Harlequin scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone - that seemed almost unfair with a lock smashing a scrum-half.

This game is bubbling up nicely.

Harlequins 10-3 Leicester

Harlequins are a team transformed. 

Another break, this time down the left and it is fine work by Aaron Morris who was involved in the build up to the first try.

Telusa Veainu does well to gather the kick through and run it out.

Try (Alofa)

Harlequins 10-3 Leicester

That penalty bursts Harlequins into life!

A couple of flat lines hit on the gain line and then Matt Hopper's grubber kick forward comes off the flag on the try line and, luckily, bounces into the onrushing Alofa Alofa to place down.

From the left touchline, Nick Evans slots his second of the night.

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 3-3 Leicester

A foray into Leicester territory and Harlequins come away with some simple points. 

Leicester going over the ball at ruck time and Nick Evans marks his comeback with his first successful kick of the night.