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Summary

  1. FT: Harlequins 16-14 Sale
  2. Quins make it three wins in four
  3. Braid & James tries for Sale
  4. Visser touches down for Quins
  5. Nick Evans kicks three penalties

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By Nathan Middleton

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FT: Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Three wins from four for Harlequins in what was a gritty performance in the end ahead of the European fixtures.

Sale have the consolation of a losing bonus point to take back up the M6 and will know on another night they could have won that.

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FT: Harlequins 16-14 Sale

So that is just about it for your rugby offering this Friday evening.

Just another nudge in the direction of the BBC Sport website tomorrow where we'll be with you throughout the afternoon for four Premiership games.

  • London Irish v Bath (15:00 GMT)
  • Worcester v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)
  • Northampton v Saracens (15:15 GMT)
  • Exeter v Leicester (17:30 GMT)

Harlequins reaction

FT: Harlequins 16-14 Sale

We've started the season really well but tonight was not a performance we can be proud of. Credit to Sale as I thought we were very lucky in the end to win that. We want to show people what we're about but on that they probably won't be afraid.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'SheaBT Sport

Sale reaction

FT: Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Fair play to Quins in the second half they got back in the game and in control. I'm really pleased with the performance just not he result in the end. You look at some of the decisions and I think the penalty count was 13-2 at one stage to Harlequins. We get written off every year and we proved again tonight we're a good side.

Sale director of rugby Steve DiamondBT Sport

How the table lies

FT: Harlequins 16-14 Sale

The four points for Harlequins moves them up to second in the Premiership ahead of the other round four fixtures.

For their endeavours tonight and a losing bonus point, Sale are up to fifth and have two wins and two losses in their opening four games.

Nick Easter
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Man of the Match

FT: Harlequins 16-14 Sale

I think we went in with right mindset, it was just a lack of execution hindered us getting that win. There were some tough calls but I think its about adapting to the ref about what you can and can't do.

Man of the match Sale flanker TJ IoaneBT Sport

Full-time

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Danny Cipriani strikes a drop goal to end the match and it never had the legs or height to get over.

Harlequins grind out a win against a stubborn Sale side who go away with a losing bonus point.

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

We are in the last play of the game. Sale still with possession and going through the phases.

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Sale decide to run the ball from deep. 

They're getting forward and will want to get into territory where any penalty will give them a chance at the posts...

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Eventually the scrum is sorted, but Sale turn it around! 

The Sharks will have the put in now and have two minutes to try and work a points scoring position.

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

From the resultant scrum with Harlequins put it, the scrum is reset twice.

Conor O'Shea won't mind as this is eating up the clock towards 80 minutes.

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Simple handling error from Sale as they knock on through Magnus Lund.

Director of rugby Steve Diamond does not look a happy man with that basic mistake.

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Harlequins immediately make Sale pay, driving deep with a driving maul from a line-out.

Just as they look completely in control though, Sale win themselves a penalty and Danny Cipriani blasts it down the field.

Missed penalty (Cipraini)

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Danny Cipriani
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After working themselves into an excellent position, Danny Cirpiani just drags his kick wide for a chance to give Sale the lead again.

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Sale again go close, good work throwing it out of the tackle on successive occasions but Charlie Matthew rips it just in time and then hacks it away with a big left boot.

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Chris Robshaw finds himself in the unfamiliar role of full-back from another Mike Haley kick.

He throws it out of the tackle and then Nick Evans' attempted clearance is charged down. What can Sale do here?

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

You can visibly see the confidence come back into the Sale side now.

Another bit of kicking tennis and Mike Haley's well weighted kick pushes Harlequins back into their own 22.

Try (James, con Cipriani)

Harlequins 16-14 Sale

Sam James is making a habit of scoring important tries.

A drive from Josh Beaumont from the scrum, Sale recycle quickly and superb footwork from James and then dives over the line.

His second try on his third Premiership start and Danny Cipriani adds the extras.

Game on.

Harlequins 16-7 Sale

Ross Chisholm

Harlequins wing on BBC Radio London

What a brilliant tackle from Mike Brown. Danny Cipriani is putting those kicks in the corner like he was doing in the first half."

Harlequins 16-7 Sale

Nearly a try for Sale from nothing. 

A grubber kick from Danny Cipriani is just kept in, it is hacked forward and Tom Arscott gathers he is brought down a metre away by Mike Brown.

As Sam James tries to gather and jump over he is held up and Sale will have to settle for a scrum from close range.

Harlequins 16-7 Sale

Sale working it through the phases at the moment enjoying lots of possession but the Harlequins defence is standing firm as the visitors struggle to cross the gain line.

Chris Robshaw
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Harlequins 16-7 Sale

Harlequins opt not to jump at the line-out and it works for them as Sale are penalised in the way they form the driving maul, allowing Nick Evans to clear.

Harlequins 16-7 Sale

Another penalty for Sale after that line-out and again they go to the corner instead of the posts.

Can the Sharks make something this time?

Harlequins 16-7 Sale

Sale win the ball back from their kick-off and with a few fresh faces they win themselves a penalty.

Instead of going for a three point penalty, the Sharks go for touch and the line-out...

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 16-7 Sale

A 13 point swing at the start of this second half as Harlequins take control of this game.

The Quins pack win the penalty and Nick Evans kicks his third attempt from four so far.

Nick Evans
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Harlequins 13-7 Sale

Sale are the contributors to their own downfall at the moment. 

Peter Stringer does brilliantly to tip the ball from Danny Care in a maul but as the Sharks then spin it into the middle Tommy Taylor knocks on under no pressure.

The visitors have barely seen the ball yet in the second half.

Harlequins 13-7 Sale

Ross Chisholm

Harlequins wing on BBC Radio London

Brilliant execution there from Nick Evans and Tim Visser. What a pick up with a greasy ball."

Try (Visser, con Evans)

Harlequins 13-7 Sale

Yes they can!

Much like Sale's try in the first half, knowing they have a penalty Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans kicks wide and as it bounces once it is a quite brilliant pick up from Tim Visser to cross - his first try for his new club.

Kiwi Evans then knocks the conversion over out wide to cap an excellent start to the half for the hosts.

Harlequins 6-7 Sale

Harlequins' back line beginning to click and they look like a different team now when they have the ball.

A bit of noise from the home faithful as they at last have something to get excited about, but can they produce some points?

Harlequins 6-7 Sale

Ross Chisholm

Harlequins wing on BBC Radio London

It looks like Quins have managed to get their back three in the game for the first time. Quins are getting their dangerous runners in the game and challenging the Sale defence which we didn't really see in that first half."

Harlequins 6-7 Sale

A really good period of possession for Harlequins as they have their snap back with the ball in hand.

A thrusting run from Chris Robshaw is halted but as Sale have the ball they then knock it on.

Replacement

Harlequins 6-7 Sale

This could be a big loss for Sale as captain and try scorer Dan Braid is taken off for Magnus Lund.

He does not appear to be injured and Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond looks to be explaining the decision to him.

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 6-7 Sale

Nick Evans
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He is successful this time the Harlequins fly-half as the ball flies end over end from Nick Evans.

Harlequins 3-7 Sale

Jonathan Mills is just slightly to eager to come through a ruck and concedes a penalty for Sale.

Nick Evans lines up his third strike from the tee of the evening...

Harlequins 3-7 Sale

First line-out of the second half does not quite go right for Harlequins as Dave Ward does not throw straight and Sale have a scrum.

Chris Robshaw
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Replacement

Harlequins 3-7 Sale

Sale forced into a change at half-time as Jonny Leota replaces centre Sam Tuitupou who has an Achilles problem.

Kick-off

Harlequins 3-7 Sale

Nick Evans gets us going in the second half, can Harlequins improve?

bbc-coverageBBC coverage

HT: Harlequins 3-7 Sale

As well as enjoying the live text coverage, you can also listen to commentary of the game on BBC Radio London by using the 'Live Coverage' tab.

Championship rugby is also available there where you can enjoy Moseley v Cornish Pirates (BBC Radio Cornwall) and Bristol Rugby v Doncaster (BBC Radio Bristol) should you wish.

The round ball game

HT: Harlequins 3-7 Sale

Elsewhere tomorrow, it is one of my favourite days in the sporting calender as the FA Cup first round takes place.

Tonight, non-league Salford City are taking on Notts County while there are a host of other tasty ties to get your head around throughout the afternoon.

As usual you can follow all of the action with us.