|Harlequins: (24) 27|
|Try: Morley 2, Marching Negatives: Alan 3 pens: Alan 2|
|Muslims: (12) 30|
|Try: Daly, Malins 2, Tompkins Negatives: Farrell 2 pens: Farrell, Dali|
The Saracens struggled 17-0 to beat the Harlequins in the exciting London derby at Twickenham Stoop.
Two attempts in nine minutes from Kadan gave Morley Keynes the perfect start, with Tommaso Allen adding a penalty before Elliott Daly and Max Mallins responded.
Joe Marchant’s attempt saw Queens lead 24-12 in the second half.
Mallins’ second attempt, another from Nick Tompkins, and penalties from Owen Farrell and Daly, either side of Alan’s kick, earned Sarri the win.
While Sarri could call up Farrell, Maru Itogi, Billy Vunipola, Jimmy George and Mako Vunipola, the Queens failed in their attempt to get an influential fly-half from Marcus Smith to play against his international teammates due to break rules.
The Queens showed no frustration with the early selections as Morley showed great speed to score two quick attempts against last season’s finalists.
A long-range penalty from Allan – after the Italian both scored a conversion attempt – opened a 17-point lead for the hosts, who had momentarily lost the support of Will Collier to injury before Saracens was swept back by Daly with what was their first real attack.
Mallins then crossed to trim the margin further, but Queens punished Sarri for a counter-attack error with Marchant past.
Malins’ second attempt early in the second half was followed by a Farrell penalty before Tompkins’ attempt gave Sarri a first-time lead after 61 minutes.
Allan’s penalty kick equalized 27-27 after just three minutes, but Daly added a winning penalty 14 minutes before the end of the match.
“We knew it would create a rift” – reaction
Harlequins rugby manager Tabai Matson:
If Smith is not allowed to select: “All we do is make a plan and give our thumbs up or say no.
“We have a discussion and whether we get a thumbs up or a no, they give us a reason. We accept that and move on.”
“We knew there would be a rift between our fans and maybe everyone looking on the outside, but we can only move forward with the group we have.”
Mark McCall, President of Muslims:
“We chose to start Maro, Billy and Owen and they were a big part of the reason we won. Jamie and Mako’s experience coming off the bench in these kind of places is good, but it was a good team performance.
“the operation [to select England players following international duty] Really simple. There is a 10-week rule in place and you have to apply. Not an app – you write an email.
“The stakeholders are the player and – most importantly – the club, Eddie Jones, PRL and RPA. I think it’s a really good process, actually.
“Decisions are made in the best interest of the player and it is clear that we are happy to have our players.”
Harlequins: Green color; Marchant, Northmore; Anyano, Morley; Allan, Gultima; Marler, Head, Collier; Hammond, Herbst, Kenningham, Evans, Dumbrandt.
Alternatives: Walker, Kerrod, Low, Lamb, White, Stafford, Edwards, Hyde.
Muslims: Dali. Malins, Lozovsky, Tompkins, and Lewington; Farrell, Van Zyl; Maui, Wollsteincroft, Judge; Etoge, Tizard; McFarland, Earl, B. Vonipola.
Alternatives: George, M. Vunipola, Clary, Christy, Ray, Davies, Manu Vunipola, Taylor.
Rule: Tom Foley.