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Brown guides Quins to victory

Mike Brown celebrated his England return with the winning try as Harlequins took a giant step towards securing a place in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup with a 20-14 win over Gloucester.

The full-back took advantage of Danny Care's chip, and a mistake from his new England colleague Charlie Sharples, to touch down in the 73rd minute.

Gloucester had proved a tough nut to crack up until that point, with the Cherry and Whites cancelling out Matt Hopper's opening try with an effort from James Simpson-Daniel.

Harlequins trailed 11-10 at the interval and they were 14-13 down when Chris Robshaw, one of the leading candidates for the England captaincy, three times declined to take the points as Gloucester were penalised at successive five-metre scrums.

But Harlequins conjured up one last opportunity which Brown snapped up, and a victory in Connacht next week should be enough to secure a quarter-final place, even if Toulouse top the group.


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