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Saracens sink Harlequins late as Jackson Wray tries to get back in capital shock

Sunday’s game seemed to be heading for a stalemate until the 77th minute, when Jackson Wray scored a huge try for Sarries after Alex Lewington opened up the opposing defense.

Quins had led 19-9 just before half-time thanks to tries from Hugh Tizard, Cadan Murley and Tyrone Green, but Dominic Morris touched down to start the retort.

The Saracens’ return was bolstered by the precise kick from Alex Lozowksi, whose five penalties meant they were still on the hunt.

The often heated battle between rivals London lost its box office appeal when the timing of the derby meant eight players were lost to the England squad for the Fall Nations Series, but an after- captivating noon nonetheless unfolded.

There may not have been Owen Farrell, Marcus Smith, Max Malins or Joe Marler – all starting probably against Tonga on Saturday – but the skill and passion were still there in a derby which went on to the end.

Quins was grateful for the Saracens’ indiscipline which helped them take an early lead as Vincent Koch’s late kick to Tommy Allan was punished with a corner kick which offered the platform to attack .

Andre Esterhuizen propelled the visiting defense and when the ball found Tizard the lock used its force to cross the line despite the attention of several tacklers.

Lozowski responded with two penalties, but Quins’ next attack was clinical as a long pass from Allan sent Tom Lawday galloping through space before Murley finished the move by passing over Alex Goode.

A successful 50-22 from Allan kept the pressure on but the Italian opener then missed an HIA and when the Saracens signaled Lozowski for a third penalty, the crowd responded with “annoying” calls.

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