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Quins leave it late at Exeter

Harlequins bounced back from defeat by Saracens to go into 2012 at the top of the Aviva Premiership following a narrow 11-9 win at Exeter.

The play was far from textbook but Quins had enough to do the double over the Chiefs in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,602 at Sandy Park. The visitors had gone in to the break 8-6 in front, with Danny Care crossing for a try, but replacement fly-half Gareth Steenson looked to have sealed the game six minutes from time with a 40-metre penalty.

But England Saxons fly-half Rory Clegg, who had a nightmare of an afternoon with his kicking as he missed the target with four penalty attempts and a conversion, landed his second penalty to clinch the game three minutes from time.


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