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European Champions Cup: Harlequins 33-28 Wasps


Ross Chisholm scored for Harlequins
European Champions Cup Pool One
Harlequins (12) 33
Tries: R Chisholm, Lang, Care, Elia, J Chisholm Cons: Lang, Smith 3
Wasps (21) 28
Tries: Eastmond, Carr, Johnson, Macken Cons: Cipriani 4

Harlequins came from behind to all but end Wasps’ hopes of qualifying for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Wasps raced into a 21-0 lead and their fourth try after 55 minutes gave them a 16-point advantage against the bottom team in Pool One.

James Haskell was sent off for Wasps after a late flurry of tries saw Quins trail 28-26 with 10 minutes left.

Then came James Chisholm’s 80th-minute winner for Quins for their first victory in the competition this season.

One negative for Quins and England was an eye injury to full-back Mike Brown.

“Mike’s got a bang on the eye and was reporting slight blurred vision, so we just wanted to make sure he’s all right with that. He’s gone to get a check-up,” said Quins director of rugby John Kingston.

While Wasps are not mathematically out of contention, they are third in Pool One on 12 points, four points behind second-placed La Rochelle.

The French side were beaten 20-13 by Ulster in the early game, with the Irish side moving to the top of the group on 17 points after the win at the Kingspan Stadium.

Next week’s final round of fixtures sees Wasps host Ulster and Harlequins travel to La Rochelle.

But a bonus-point win for Wasps at the Ricoh Arena may not be enough for them to earn them a spot as one of the best second-placed teams.

Quarter-finalists as it stands as of 13 January
Pool leaders (qualify automatically ) Second-placed teams (best three to qualify)
Ulster 17 points (Pool One) La Rochelle 16 points (Pool One)
Clermont 18 points (Pool Two) Ospreys 15 points (Pool Two)
Leinster 18 points (Pool Three) Exeter 14 points (Pool Three)
Munster 15 points (Pool Four) Bath 13 points (Pool Five)
Scarlets 17 points (Pool Five) Racing 92 11 points (Pool Four)

Haskell sees red

Haskell caught Roberts with a late shoulder charge in the 76th minute

Haskell’s England comeback has been thrown into doubt after his red card for a late shoulder tackle on Jamie Roberts’ head in the final minutes of the game.

The flanker, who was dropped for the autumn internationals, took part in England’s recent training camp at Brighton ahead of the Six Nations.

Haskell will appear before a European Rugby disciplinary panel next week, with the entry point for this sort of offence between four and six weeks.

Tweeting after the game Haskell, 32, said: