Jarrod Evans missed a late conversion with just about the final kick of the sport as Harlequins went right down to a slender 20-19 Gallagher Premiership defeat to Leicester at a sold-out Stoop.
Leicester suffered two heavy defeats within the Investec Champions Cup however the four-point haul retains them in rivalry for a play-off spot because the league heads for an prolonged break with the Guinness Six Nations kicking off subsequent weekend.
Jasper Wiese and Mike Brown scored Leicester’s tries with Handre Pollard kicking two penalties and two conversions.
Nick David, Tyrone Inexperienced and Jack Walker scored tries for Harlequins with Jarrod Evans including two conversions however lacking the very important one from Inexperienced’s rating.
After an error-ridden first quarter-hour, Pollard had the primary probability for factors and he made no mistake with a 40-metre penalty.
With out props Dan Cole and Joe Heyes of their line-up the Tigers struggled within the scrum nevertheless it was a special story within the line-out because it was the house facet who misplaced a pair on their very own throw which resulted in a disjointed sport.
Each side favoured kicks from their respective scrum-halves to achieve territory and therefore the primary 25 minutes have been an unedifying spectacle for the capability crowd.
The primary piece of actual motion got here when from a place on midway, Tigers created house for Ollie Hassell-Collins to tear by means of the defence. The wing was hauled down simply 5 metres in need of the strive line however when Quins have been penalised, Wiese took full benefit to pressure his means over.
Pollard transformed earlier than Quins struck again in type. From deep inside their very own half, a well-timed cross from fly-half Evans despatched Inexperienced by means of an enormous hole earlier than the full-back supplied David with the chance to run 30 metres for the strive. Evans transformed to go away the hosts trailing 10-7 on the interval.
After the restart, Hassell-Collins once more went shut after gathering a chip by means of from Brown however some decided cowl defence from the house facet thwarted the wing.
With 50 minutes on the clock, Quins seemed to have taken the lead when Andre Esterhuizen powered previous three defenders on a 45-metre run to the touch down however TMO replays confirmed an earlier obstruction and the strive was dominated out.
The house facet launched Cadan Murley rather than Louis Lynagh with Ben Youngs taking the sphere for Leicester in time to see his facet fall behind.
An unstoppable line-out drive resulted in a strive for Walker which Evans transformed to offer Quins a four-point benefit going into the ultimate quarter.
Leicester responded with an excellent second strive when Solomone Kata created house for Hassell-Collins to hare down the left flank together with his inside cross sending former Quins’ favorite Brown over.
Pollard transformed and added a penalty earlier than Inexperienced completed off a flowing transfer by dummying his means over with a minute left on the clock however Evans missed his easy shot at objective.