Harlequins and Gloucester common 10 tries in an epic 39-39 Premiership pull during Twickenham.
The lead exchanged hands on several occasions before Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans missed a last-minute drop-goal to win a diversion for a hosts.
A throng of some-more than 70,000 enjoyed a feast of points and 4 tries before half-time as Gloucester led 17-15.
Quins’ Ross Chisholm and Gloucester’s Harry Trinder both scored twice, while Rob Cook grabbed a collect of a tries.
Both sides go divided with a reward indicate though conjunction were means to get a wilful measure on a day that saw England captain Chris Robshaw lapse to Twickenham for a initial time given his team’s unsatisfactory World Cup debate came to a beforehand end.
In a side-plot to a categorical event, England winger Jonny May limped off for Gloucester in a second half with an apparent knee injury.
Jeremy Thrush scored a opening try for a visitors after 7 mins before Gloucester open-side flanker Matt Kvesic, who constructed a man-of-the-match performance, played a pivotal purpose in his side’s second try, scored by fly-half James Hook.
The Wales general afterwards saw his associate countryman Jamie Roberts enthuse a Harlequins quip on his initial Premiership start for a club.
Marland Yarde and Danny Care crossed in a initial half for Conor O’Shea’s group to put them behind in contention.
Trinder extended Gloucester’s lead after a mangle with his initial try before 4 action-filled second-half mins constructed 3 tries.
Two went Harlequins’ way, by Nick Easter and Chisholm, and afterwards Trinder ran in his second, though pulled a hamstring in a process.
Greig Laidlaw’s chastisement and Cook’s gorgeous run by a Harlequins counterclaim seemed to make a win protected for Gloucester.
But Evans kicked a home side to within a converted try and deputy Chisholm raced over once some-more to turn it adult again.
Evans attempted a last-gasp drop-goal to win it, though his flog drifted only far-reaching to a right.
Harlequins executive of rugby Conor O’Shea on Matt Kvesic’s influence:
“We authorised him to be turn too most of a cause in a diversion by not clearing him out. You could disagree that some of a places he was entrance from where engaging to contend a least.
“Luke Wallace came on and did a flattering good pursuit during a end, though Matt was superb around a breakdown.
“We know he is always a cause when we play him and we authorised him to turn too most of one. Whether he gets a bit of leeway, we float your fitness when we are a seven.”
Gloucester executive of rugby David Humphreys on Matt Kvesic’s performance:
“I have no doubt that Matt Kvesic is an general player, is an general series 7 and a England seven-in-waiting.
“He has got to furnish those performances week in, week out, though when to come to a large theatre like personification during Twickenham in front of 70,000 – we talked about it before a diversion – large players furnish large performances.
“In a context of a occasion, though some-more quite opposite who he was playing, that summed adult where he is. He is prepared to play general rugby. If we have watched a performances during a march of a season, he has played during an general turn roughly each week.”
Harlequins: Brown; Yarde, Lowe, Roberts, Visser; Evans, Care (capt); Marler, Ward, Collier, Horwill, Matthews, Robshaw, Clifford, Easter.
Replacements: Buchanan, Lambert, Sinckler, Merrick, Wallace, Dickson, Botica, Chisholm.
Gloucester: Cook; Sharples, Meakes, Twelvetrees, May; Hook, Laidlaw (capt); McAllister, Hibbard, Afoa, Thrush, Galarza, Kalamafoni, Kvesic, Morgan.
Replacements: Dawidiuk, Murphy, Doran-Jones, Savage, Rowan, Heinz, Burns, Trinder.
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