Smith seals Quins win in Exeter thriller

Marcus Smith led Harlequins to a win over Exeter 196 days after beating the Chiefs in the Premiership final
Harlequins (7) 14
Tries: Northmore, Esterhuizen Cons: Smith 2
Exeter (7) 12
Tries: Slade, Innard Cons: J Simmonds

Marcus Smith’s last-minute conversion saw Harlequins edge past 14-man Exeter 14-12 in the Premiership.

Luke Northmore’s try saw Quins take control early on, but Henry Slade’s 34th-minute score levelled it.

But Exeter had Alec Hepburn sent off for a dangerous tackle in first-half stoppage time and Quins missed a host of chances with the extra man.

Jack Innard’s effort put Exeter ahead but Andre Esterhuizen’s late try set up Smith to kick the winning conversion.

Quins stay third in the Premiership while Exeter drop down to sixth place after the defeat.

More to follow.

Harlequins: Green; Marchant, Northmore, Esterhuizen, Murley; Smith, Care; Marler, Walker, Collier, Symons, Tizard, Lawday, Kenningham, Dombrandt (capt).

Replacements: Musk, Garcia Botta, Kerrod, Lamb, J Chisholm, Steele, Jones, Lynagh.

Exeter: Hogg; Nowell, Slade, Whitten, Cordero; J Simmonds, Maunder; Hepburn, Yeandle (capt), Iosefa-Scott, Gray, Hill, Ewers, Kirsten, S Simmonds.

Replacements: Innard, Moon, Schickerling, S Skinner, Armand, Maunder, H Skinner, Hendrickson.

Referee: Ian Tempest (RFU).

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