|Harlequins: (24) 27|
|Tries: Murley 2, Marchant Cons: Allan 3 Pens: Allan 2|
|Saracens: (12) 30|
|Tries: Daly, Malins 2, Tompkins Cons: Farrell 2 Pens: Farrell, Daly|
Saracens battled back from 17-0 down to beat Harlequins in a thrilling London derby at Twickenham Stoop.
Two tries in nine minutes from Cadan Murley gave Quins the ideal start, with Tommaso Allan adding a penalty before Elliot Daly and Max Malins hit back.
Joe Marchant’s try saw Quins lead 24-12 at the break.
Malins’ second try, another from Nick Tompkins and penalties from Owen Farrell and Daly, either side of a kick from Allan, sealed victory for Sarries.
While Sarries could call on England internationals Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Jamie George and Mako Vunipola, Quins failed in their attempt to have influential fly-half Marcus Smith cleared to play against his international team-mates.
Any frustration Quins had over selections did not show early on as Murley demonstrated great pace to score two quick tries against last season’s beaten finalists.
A long-range penalty from Allan – after the Italian landed both try conversions – opened a 17-point lead for the hosts, who lost prop Will Collier to injury moments before Saracens pulled a try back through Daly with what was their first real attack.
Malins then crossed to reduce the margin further, but Quins punished Sarries for an error on the counter attack with Marchant going over.
A second Malins try early in the second half was followed by a Farrell penalty before Tompkins’ try gave Sarries the lead for the first time after 61 minutes.
An Allan penalty levelled things up 27-27 just three minutes later, but Daly teed up the winning penalty soon after.
Harlequins: Green; Marchant, Northmore, Anyanwu; Murley; Allan, Gjaltema; Marler, Head, Collier; Hammond, Herbst, Kenningham, Evans, Dombrandt.
Replacements: Walker, Kerrod, Louw, Lamb, White, Stafford, Edwards, Hyde.
Saracens: Daly; Malins, Lozowski, Tompkins, Lewington; Farrell, van Zyl; Mawi, Woolstencroft, Judge; Itoje, Tizard, McFarland, Earl, B Vunipola.
Replacements: George, M Vunipola, Clarey, Christie, Wray, Davies, M. Vunipola, Taylor.
Referee: Tom Foley.