NEC Harlequins made it five home Zurich Premiership victories in a row, with a 36-32 win over Saracens in an action-packed London derby.
After Paul Burke outscored Andy Goode two penalties to one in the opening 20 minutes, the visitors then scored the opening try of the match through winger Richard Haughton. Goode converted from wide out to put Saracens 10-6 in front.
Six minutes before the break and Will Greenwood's cross-field kick was gathered by Tani Fuga for a well worked try that Burke converted. Goode kicked a second penalty just before the interval to draw the scores level at 13-apiece at half-time.
Burke put Quins back in front with a penalty two minutes after the restart and then man-of-the-match Nathan Williams scored a cracking individual try two minutes later, following good work from Andre Vos. Burke converted to give Quins a ten point advantage (23-13).
Goode then converted his own try after breaking through the midfield, though a Burke penalty made the score 26-20 in Quins favour after 51 minutes. Matt Moore then intercepted possession on halfway and had the pace to beat the covering defence to score the home sides third try of the match, which Burke once again converted. Quins now led 33-20 and looked set for a comfortable victory.
However, Thomas Castaignede then scored an interception try. Goode added the two extra points, but Burke's fifth penalty of the afternoon on 79 minutes seem to put the result beyond doubt, as Quins were now two scores clear (36-27).
With the game in second half injury time, Goode went over for his second try of the game but by failing to convert meant Saracens had to score another try if they were to come away with the victory, with the score standing at 36-32.
However, the visitors couldn't break pass the hosts defence again, as Quins held-on for the win.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.