|Harlequins (13) 20|
|Try: Care, Marchant Cons: Smith 2 Pens: Smith 2|
|Saracens (9) 25|
|Try: B Vunipola Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 6|
Billy Vunipola’s try helped unbeaten Premiership champions Saracens come from behind to win 25-20 at Harlequins in a fiery London derby.
The sides traded penalties before Danny Care intercepted Ben Spencer’s pass to race clear and score Quins’ first try.
Joe Marchant then leapt spectacularly to catch and dot down a miscued Marcus Smith penalty to put Quins 20-12 up.
But the boot of Owen Farrell and Vunipola’s try in the corner was enough to maintain Sarries’ flawless record.
Saracens, who slip to second behind Exeter on points difference after failing to collect a try-scoring bonus point for the first time this season, have now won 13 consecutive Premiership matches and are still yet to be beaten since April, when they lost to Leinster in the Champions Cup.
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All the build-up at the Twickenham Stoop was about England full-back Mike Brown making his 300th Harlequins appearance, but it was his team-mate Care – in his 250th game – who lit up the first half with great anticipation and pace to score.
The home side had Paul Lasike stretchered off after a heavy blow to the head while tackling Nick Isiekwe, but would have led by more had Renaldo Bothma not failed to pick a pass when put clear.
Vunipola had earlier had a try ruled out after he admitted to referee Luke Pearce that he had knocked on before scoring, but his late effort from Alex Lozowski’s pass proved crucial.
Farrell was accurate with seven of his eight kicks at the posts, earning 20 points for a Saracens side who had to contend with a strong wind against them for much of the opening 40 minutes.
Quins, meanwhile, have won just twice at the Stoop since December and drop to sixth in the table despite collecting a losing bonus point for their efforts.
Harlequins: Brown; Earle, Marchant, Lasike, Visser; Smith, Care; Marler, Crumpton, Sinckler, Symons, Horwill (co-capt), Bothma, Robshaw (co-capt), Chisholm.
Replacements: Ward, Boyce, Collier, South, Kunatani, Mulchrone, Lang, Alofa.
Saracens: Goode; Strettle, Tompkins, Lozowski, Lewington; Farrell, Spencer; M Vunipola, George, Lamositele, Skelton, Kruis, Isiekwe, Rhodes, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Tolofua, Barrington, Judge, Itoje, Burger, Wigglesworth, Bosch, Maitland.
Referee: Luke Pearce.
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