Tim Visser try helps Harlequins to three wins from four

Harlequins 16 Sale Sharks 14
Tim Visser try helps Harlequins to three wins from four

Tim Visser’s second-half try helped Harlequins to a third Premiership win in four games as they edged past a dogged Sale Sharks side 16-14 at the Twickenham Stoop.

Sale that took the lead in the 18th minute as Cipriani put up a high ball that Visser spilt – Sharks captain Braid pouncing on the winger’s error to bundle himself over from five metres out. From the resulting catch-and-drive, the home side were rewarded with a penalty, which Evans stroked over to make the score 7-3.

After the break Evans made no mistake with a penalty.

And the hosts took the lead for the first time five minutes later.Visser spectacularly gathered his fly-half’s cross-field kick to dot down in the corner.

Evans nailed the conversion before extending their advantage in the 54th minute.

Scorers for Harlequins:

Tries: Visser. Cons: Evans. Pens: Evans 3.

HARLEQUINS:

Brown, M. Yarde, Lowe, Hopper, Visser, Evans, Care, Marler, Ward, Collier, Matthews, Twomey, Robshaw, Wallace, Easter.

Replacements:

Dickson for Care (73), Lambert for Marler (67), Gray for Ward (60), Sinckler for Collier (54), J. Chisholm for Matthews (73).

Scorers for Sale:

Tries: Braid, James. Cons: Cipriani 2. SALE: Haley, Arscott, James, Tuitupou, Edwards, Cipriani, Stringer, Harrison, Taylor, V. Cobilas, Mills, Evans, Braid, Ioane, Beaumont.

Replacements:

Flynn for Harrison (79), Briggs for Taylor (55), Mujati for V. Cobilas (47), Ostrikov for Mills (56), Lund for Braid (44).

Referee:

Tim Wigglesworth (RFU).

Peter Stringer Q and A: 11

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