19 Jun 13
Join Harlequins for their second home friendly against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday 24th August (Kick-off 2.30pm) and experience the newly launched President's Lounge.
With Saracens leading 16-19 with three minutes to go, the game looked set, but the never say die attitude from the young quarted side, and a level head from Botica clinched the draw.
Harlequins opened the scoring on three minutes with a brilliant try from Lindsay-Hague. From a scrum on midfield, number. 8 Jack Clifford picked from the base. The England U20 offloaded to scrum-half Jordan Burns who then shipped to the on rushing full-back. Lindsay Hague's arcing running line carved through the defence and with the conversion from in front of the posts, Botica made no mistake.
Despite Botica adding a penalty to Quins' score, Storms' Nils Mordt kept the visitors in touching distance through the boot and brought the game to 10-9 on 18 minutes.
At the midway point of the half, Harlequins scrum proved more than it's worth against a vastly experienced Saracens pack of John Smit, Lorenzo Romano and Jackson Wray. This gave the home side the momentum to attack the visitors.
Strong running from Ugo Monye, Harry Sloan and Luke Wallace allowed Quins to work into the Saracens 22, but ill-discipline at the break down broke the attack down.
Despite brief possession for Saracens, Jordan Burns set the Stoop alight when his dummy box kick fooled Duncan Taylor. The Quins scrum-half raced up field and again strong running from Wallace, Sam Smith and Sloan brought Quins right onto the line.
When Quins won a penalty in the 22 a quick cross field kick from Botica fell into Saracens hands. As Buchanan chased down James Short, he was yellow carded for a high tackle and the momentum shifted.
Harlequins held off wave after wave of Saracens attacks and as half time approached, Mark Lambert took a knock in attack. Saracens turned the ball over and had a two man advantage. Ben Ransom carved through the defence and despite the defensive efforts of Wallace, Taylor crossed for the score on half time. With Mordt's conversion Saracens lead 10-16 at half time.
Buchanan returned for the second half and both kickers exchanged penalties before the hour mark which brought the scores to 16-19. Harlequins' points came off the back of three great penalty wins in the scrums.
Botica, who had been on form all night with the boot, made no mistake with his three penalties to take his points tally for the evening to 14 and draw the scores at 19-19.
In the final minutes, Saracens were camped on the Harlequins line and when the Quins defensive line were caught offside, Mordt slotted what looked to be the winning penalty.
When Saracens' clearing kick failed to find touch, possession found Sam Smith. Charging runs from Louis Grimoldby and Harry Allen worked Quins and Botica into a kicking position. When Saracens infringed, Botica slotted the kick to draw.