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Developed News Story | Harlequins 35-29 Northampton Saints – Jack Musk brace helps Quins to bonus-point win

Harlequins survived a late fightback to beat an error-prone Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stoop

Jack Musk, Lennox Anyanwu, and Luke Northmore eased Quins into a 21-3 lead before Lewis Ludlam’s try pulled Saints back to 21-10 at half-time.

Musk crossed again with Saints’ Lukhan Salakaia-Loto in the sin-bin, but Tommy Freeman’s try kept them in it.

Cadan Murley took the hosts clear at 35-15 before tries from George Furbank and Tom James set up a tense finale.

Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson

“There are not many finishers like him (Cadan Murley) in the league and we’ve already recommended him to Eddie Jones but we haven’t heard anything back.

“We knew it would be tough and it certainly was, but it was amazing to get a victory as they butchered a few scores.

“It was a really good spectacle for the neutral, but the most pleasing aspect for me was the five minutes of defense at the end as it takes a lot of discipline not to give penalties away in that situation.”

Northampton Saints director of rugby Phil Dowson told BBC Radio Northampton

“It was certainly a game we could have won. We started poorly and we offer up a 14-0 advantage by doing things we haven’t trained or practiced so the coaches will have to take a look at how we can do better coming out of the gates.

“From then on we created so many opportunities and didn’t convert them. We didn’t look after the ball well enough today and probably tried to do things before we’d earned the right to do them.

“It’s scant consolation when you’re not converting them (chances), but there’s not a huge amount wrong with our game. We’ve got to make sure we’re better at that and we don’t switch off and give points away.”

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