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Summary

  1. Harlequins beat Worcester 24-20
  2. Walker (2) & Wallace tries for Quins
  3. Mama & Dowson cross for Worcester
  4. Warriors also awarded penalty try
  5. Quins won 15 straight Premiership games against Warriors

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

FT: Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

So, that is it for round eight of the Premiership.

Another absorbing and gripping weekend of rugby union, not always polished or perfect, but always exciting.

Perfect Saracens are the big winners, performers of the week Newcastle for their crucial victory, while Exeter, Leicester and Bath will all be licking their wounds over the next week.

We go again next Saturday with three games here on BBC Sport.

Why not join us? Until then, thanks and goodbye.

FT: Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Did we see champions-class rugby from Harlequins today? Not champagne but certainly the stuff that makes a champion side, the ability to stick it out and not necessarily dominate while getting the job done.

Quins would have lost that game last year, but they are standing up when needed this term.

Worcester's week-by-week evidence suggests they're far too good to be embroiled in a relegation battle.

A few of those narrow defeats turned to wins would certainly make Dean Ryan's life a little easier, but the quality within the squad, and the spirit, suggests they'll be ok.

FT: Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw tells BT Sport:

"To come here and get four points is tremendous. They put us under a lot of pressure in that second half, but credit to the guys, we just about hung in there and came away with a good win."

FT: Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw tells BT Sport:

"We always knew it was going to be tight coming up here. We started extremely well, we got out of the blocks but we knew watching the game this weekend that not a lot of rugby was going to be played."

Full-time

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

The clock goes into the red and Quins clip it into touch to draw the curtain on this one.

Four points in it but it is enough for Harlequins to clamber up the league into third.

Hard-earned.

Worcester will be disappointed but they got the bonus point. It was a terrific second-half fightback. It will all count come the end of the season.

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Harlequins get another penalty and that will be it.

Worcester on their way to a 15th straight defeat by Quins. That is a hoodoo.

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Four points going Quins way, losing bonus point possibly going Worcester's way barring a collapse.

Chris Robshaw urging on his pack after that reset there. We're into the final minute and the scrum is locked out on the Quins side.

Penalty to Quins.

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Committed from Worcester, who seek to return Danny Care's smart kick in behind with gusto.

Harlequins force an error, and the scrum - how many of those have we seen in the last 10 minutes? - goes the visitors way.

All the time it's eating up the clock - although Wayne Barnes has stopped it.

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Worcester have momentum but they don't have time. It's ticking away.

Quins taking their time at the scrum too. This pitch has just about held up...

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Harlequins' penalty count is racking up and Worcester rub their hands but Ryan Mills kick goes straight to Nick Evans.

However it's Worcester after a trading of kicks up collect the ball and continue the direct approach.

All Worcester right now until a knock on hands possession back to a rather muddied Quins side.

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Worcester make a few tweaks to the side, Tom Biggs and Charlie Mulchrone on.

Quins have head and feed on their own 10 metre line.

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

How crucial might that missed kick be from Ryan Mills? Mind you his creativity made the try.

Worcester dominating the ruck, midway inside the Quins half. The visitors clinging on right now. Back to full complement though as Jamie Roberts is back on after a sinbinning.

Mike Brown touches down in his own in-goal. 22 drop out from Nick Evans.

Try (Dowson, missed con Mills)

Worcester 20-24 Harlequins

Phil Dowson the skipper picks up the pieces out wide to score after a mix-up from Charlie Walker.

Ryan Mills clipped a lovely kick in behind, Walker looked to be impeded by Cooper Vuna as he scrambled off to get the ball that spilled loose. Dawson said thanks very much.

However Wayne Barnes awarded the try.

Mills unable to convert. FOUR POINTS IN IT.

Worcester 15-24 Harlequins

Worcester hold out with some almighty graft to keep Quins at bay as they chugged through phases but Charlie Matthews ruins it by coming in off his feet at the ruck.

Huge cheers - is this another filip for the Warriors?

Worcester 15-24 Harlequins

Worcester pinged by Wayne Barnes for early hit on the maul from the line-out.

Evans offers a repeat dose. ANOTHER line-out for Quins in territory.

Worcester 15-24 Harlequins

Flurry of changes for Worcester, with the notable departure for the afternoon of Donncha O'Callaghan.

Quins have the line-out, and get the penalty. Nick Evans, again, lands the ball in touch for a line-out in the 22.

Worcester 15-24 Harlequins

Worcester streak away to the left after the ball went loose but the flick to Chris Pennell goes forward and play is pulled back.

Warriors' Sam Betty and Quins man Kyle Sinckler have a minor scuffle and Wayne Barnes comes in to intervene.

Quins now win the scrum battle this time and Nick Evans will find touch to relieve some pressure.

Worcester 15-24 Harlequins

There's a relief on the face of Chris Robshaw as Quins get a penalty for a collapsed maul and Nick Evans thumps to touch.

Quins look to drive off the line-out. Quins need to use it and lose it. Worcester break out!

Try (Penalty, con Mills)

Worcester 15-24 Harlequins

Worcester took the scrum again sensing blood and they got the penalty try as Quins failed to deal with the drive. Nine points in it.

Ryan Mills on target with the conversion in front of the sticks. Game on.

Sin-bin (Roberts)

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Jamie Roberts goes to the bin for making the tackle and ending up the wrong side of the ruck.

Worcester get ANOTHER penalty just a couple of metres away.

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Reset again. Crucial moment here...

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Penalty for collapsed scrum. Warriors smell a penalty try here on the following scrum.

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Scrum reset in the Quins 22. Worcester put in. Massive set-piece for the home side here.

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Joe Marler
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Worcester looked so good and promising down that left side - Cooper Vuna making a nuisance of himself.

However when it came in-field, Joe Marler almost ripped the ball away at the breakdown but there's a knock on and Worcester get a scrum.

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Better rucking from Worcester at the moment, they're getting much quicker ball.

Quins knock on gives Warriors a scrum.

Conor O'Shea makes a few changes in the pack - two front rowers are going off, prop and a hooker in Adam Jones and Dave Ward.

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

...comes to nothing.

Warriors looked to go deep with the throw but were unable to take it in cleanly and the scrum goes Quins way.

Let off for Quins, waste for Worcester.

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Worcester look revitalised from that try.

Loose line-out by Quins goes to Worcester hands and they sweep the ball left and then right.

Looked as though it had come to nothing but James Horwill is penalised and Worcester get a penalty.

Kicked to the corner again. Another big line-out.

Try (Mama, missed con Mills)

Worcester 8-24 Harlequins

Bit of smart work in that maul to force Quins back and Marco Mama gets his first Premiership try in Worcester colours.

Ryan Mills unable to nail the kick. Still 16 points behind.

Worcester 3-24 Harlequins

David Ward gives away the penalty for coming at the side.

Worcester driving from close in off the line-out...

Worcester 3-24 Harlequins

Best hit of the game on Joe Marler by the exotically-named Na'ama Leleimalefaga.

Scrum goes Worcester's way for the knock on and then they win a penalty from that scrum.

Kick to the corner. Line out in Quins 22.

Try (Walker, con Evans)

Worcester 3-24 Harlequins

Marvellous kick from Danny Care to Charlie Walker this time results in a try. Good chase.

All credit to Luke Wallace though for the turnover after that Worcester line-out, and after it was worked to the left, Care's glorious clip through was the difference.

Perfect effort from Nick Evans to convert too.

Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

Worcester having a few line-out troubles as the ball floats over the top. Quins recycle and Danny Care tries to set Charlie Walker away out wide.

Chris Pennell watches it into touch and Worcester get a line out close to their own goal-line. 

Kick-off

Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

Nick Evans smacks it downfield and Worcester will take it into contact.

We're off again.

Teams emerging

HT: Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

We're edging towards kick-off - second half to come.

Second-half almost here

HT: Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

So the pitch didn't play too much of a negative role in that first half after all.

That first try from Charlie Walker was glorious, great interplay and footwork from the winger.

Worcester tried to create entertainment with some open play in the loose but perhaps they will rue the decision not to kick for goal at the end of the half.

The next 40 minutes could be interesting. Stick with us here.

Chances of a comeback?

HT: Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

Not looking good for Warriors. They've lost 14 straight Premiership games against their opponents.

Quins v Warriors info
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The influence of Nick Evans

HT: Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

We saw just why Nick Evans is such a useful player to Harlequins in that first 40.

If it's not his precision kicking from the tee or out of hand, it's his pass selection.

When it comes to selecting the best Premiership imports of all time someday, he'll definitely be up there.

Half-time

Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

Final flourish from Worcester fails to come to light and referee Wayne Barnes calls time on the first 40.

Worcester showed some little touches of class but lost playmaker Tom Heathcote to a head knock and never truly troubled the Quins line. Big physical effort though.

Harlequins showed their mettle with a fine Charlie Walker try and then rumbled across the stripe through Luke Wallace.

Pleasing for Conor O'Shea, Dean Ryan will be frustrated.

Dean Ryan
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Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

Looked like Harlequins might not get out of their 22 unpunished but then Worcester are all offside.

Andy Symons will remain on for Tom Heathcote who will not be allowed back on after his head knock assessment.

Worcester 3-17 Harlequins

Frustration for Worcester.

The line-out went awry so close to the line and it comes to nothing. Quins get the scrum.