Harlequins score a try
Scott Baldwin’s try gave Harlequins a nine-point cushion which could not bridged by Sale
Harlequins (9) 16
Tries: Baldwin Pens: Smith 3 Cons: Smith
Sale (0) 10
Tries: McGuigan Pens: MacGinty Cons: R Du Preez

Harlequins beat Sale in a disappointing first Premiership game back after a five-month coronavirus hiatus.

Three penalties from Quins’ Marcus Smith separated the sides after a first half where Sale lacked discipline.

Byron McGuigan scored a Sale try after the break – after a flowing move – but Scott Baldwin was driven over for Quins after Simon Hammersley was sin-binned.

AJ MacGinty’s penalty closed the gap to six points and Sale came away from the Stoop with a losing bonus point.

Sale stay second in the table, but are four points off leaders Exeter with all of their rivals having a game in hand, while Harlequins move up a place to sixth, three points off the top four.

More to follow.

Harlequins: Brown; Ashton, Marchant, Lang, Earle; Smith, Landajo; Marler, Baldwin, Kerrod, Lewies, Symons, Chisholm, Robshaw (capt), Dombrandt.

Replacements: Gray, Garcia Botta, Collier, Lamb, Lawday, Evans, Steele, Lasike.

Sale: Hammersley; McGuigan, Tuilagi, Hill, Yarde; R du Preez, de Klerk; Oosthuizen, van der Merwe, John, J-L du Preez, de Jager, Ross (capt), T Curry, D du Preez.

Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, Cooper-Wooley, Phillips, B Curry, Cliff, MacGinty, Solomona.

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