Harlequins 23-32 Wasps: Visitors strike to stay in Premiership play-off hunt as Quins skipper Chris Robshaw bows out
- Three late Wasps tries turned the match on its head against Harlequins
- A red card given to Quins hooker Elia Elia gave the initiative to the visitors
- Wasps’ bonus-point win keeps them firmly in the hunt for a play-off spot
- There was no perfect ending for Chris Robshaw in his final match at the Stoop
Wasps’ sting came at the tail as they came from 12 points down to beat 14-man Harlequins, to take them one win from the play-offs.
Three late tries, after Quins had hooker Elia Elia sent off, from Gabriel Oghre, Thomas Young and Jack Willis meant Wasps took not only the win but a crucial bonus point.
They had trailed 20-8 after two scores from Alex Dombrandt and 13 points from Marcus Smith had Quins well up.
Wasps’ Jack Willis goes over late on to seal a crucial win for the visitors at the Stoop on Monday
But the Londoners crumbled late on in captain Chris Robshaw’s final match at the Stoop.
When Mike Brown was charged down by Jack Willis with six minutes left the flanker scored to put Wasps ahead for the first time since his brother Tom’s early score.
Wasps now move to second, with Exeter to come on Sunday, meaning the pressure is on Sale and Bristol in the semi-final race. They face Northampton and Leicester respectively today and tomorrow.
Dombrandt scored two quick tries having replaced the injured James Chisholm 20 minutes in, even though Wasps seemed to have the ascendancy.
For the first he burst through a gaping hole, and he owed the second to Elia, whose quick hands found the No 8 in space.
Smith converted the second of them and kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time as Quins led 15-8 at the break.
All Wasps could take from the half was a solitary Tom Willis try, when a scrum broke up and he pounced on the loose ball to score, and a Jimmy Gopperth penalty.
Quins wanted the perfect Stoop send-off for Robshaw, and Smith was determined to deliver. After half-time he scored a sensational solo try, chipping the defence, catching one-handed and then beating fellow English young gun Jacob Umaga for pace to score.
There was no winning finish in captain Chris Robshaw’s final match at home for Harlequins
He missed the kick outside but Quins were now 12 points up.
However, they then imploded. Elia was sent off with 26 minutes left for a tip-tackle on Dan Robson, and Wasps immediately scored through Oghre.
Gopperth converted but when Smith hit a penalty Quins thought they had it. However, Young then Jack Willis went in as Wasps rallied. Gopperth kicked a final penalty to seal it, leaving his tally on 12 and Wasps buzzing up the table.
Premiership clubs may be without their England stars for 11 of the first 14 rounds of the new season, when fixtures for the 2020-21 season are announced today.
Internationals could play just three Premiership club games between November and next March as the first three rounds clash with the new Autumn Nations Cup, and rounds seven to 14 are set to overlap with next year’s Six Nations.
The new season will start with Harlequins facing Exeter Chiefs at the Stoop and Sale v Northampton at the AJ Bell on Friday 20, November.
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