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Quins extend lead at table top

George Lowe scored one try and saved two others as Harlequins produced an heroic defensive performance to beat Saracens 24-19 in front of a world-record crowd and extend their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Lowe is on Stuart Lancaster's list of potential England stars of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 22-year-old Harlequins centre proved why on the biggest stage club rugby has ever seen, with a crowd at Wembley of 83,761.

After Jordan Turner-Hall's try had put Harlequins ahead, Lowe produced a top class finish to score his side's second of the afternoon and Danny Care added their third after the break.

Saracens then threw the kitchen sink at Harlequins but Lowe kept the Premiership champions out with brilliant try-saving tackles on Michael Tagicakibau and Chris Wyles in the space of three minutes.

Harlequins were under siege and had three men sin-binned - Joe Marler, Care and Nick Easter - as they weathered wave after wave of Saracens attacks.

Richard Wigglesworth finally stole over when Marler and Care were both off the field and Owen Farrell added the conversion to his four first-half penalties.

That was enough to secure Saracens the losing bonus point and move them back up to second place - but Harlequins held out for the victory to open a six-point lead at the top.

The attendance beat the previous world-record club attendance of 82,208, which was set in the 2009 Heineken Cup quarter-final between Leinster and Munster at Croke Park.

A total of 165,781 fans have watched the two Premiership matches between these London rivals this season, with Harlequins' 'home' game attracting 82,000 to Twickenham.

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