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Live Reporting

Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

  1. Farewell

    Quins

    So, we're back up and running if not quite yet at full steam.

    Plenty more rugby union to come in the weeks ahead as we've mentioned and they'll be no shortage of it across BBC Sport.

    Thanks for joining us for this evening's resumption and do stick with us for more rugby union news in the days and weeks to come.

    Until then - take care and stay safe.

  2. Weekend's remaining fixtures

    Premiership round 14 continues

    Saturday:

    Worcester v Gloucester (12:30 BST)

    Exeter v Leicester (14:00 BST)

    Bath v London Irish (15:00 BST)

    Bristol v Saracens (16:30 BST)

    Sunday:

    Northampton v Wasps (15:00 BST)

  3. Quins win on Premiership restart

    FT: Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    Read all about tonight's action at The Stoop thanks to our colleague Brent Pilnick's match report.

    Harlequins beat Sale as Premiership returns

    Marcus Smith

    Harlequins beat Sale in a disappointing first Premiership game back after a five-month coronavirus hiatus.

    Read more
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  4. 'Maybe home advantage is still a thing'

    FT: Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    Natasha Hunt

    England World Cup winning scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    I thought that Sale had the power in the pack to overcome this Harlequins side but fair play to Quins, they looked like they wanted it more, the attitude and energy was there.

    Maybe home advantage is still a thing.

  5. 'It was all about the penalties'

    FT: Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby union correspondent on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    It's been all about the penalties tonight because bar the odd try there has not been too much great rugby breaking the teams open, it's just been penalties giving people opportunities to get field positions.

    It's almost been like a game of NFL, penalty kick, penalty, just working up, phase by phase.

    28 penalties in the match is a huge number.

    It's an encouraging win for Harlequins.

  6. Post update

    FT: Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    A try apiece on the night, but ultimately it was the boot of Marcus Smith which was the difference on the scoreboard.

    Hand shakes all round as the players head for their respective changing rooms.

  7. Full-time

    Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    All over at The Stoop.

    Far from a classic, but Harlequins won't care as they have picked up a big scalp and a big win on the Premiership's return.

    Sale disappointing and they miss the chance to close the gap on leaders Exeter.

    Victory for Quins as rugby union is back (if not quite with a bang).

  8. Post update

    Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    Poor from Sale.

    Knock-on at the back of their rolling maul as they seemingly took too long to decide how to launch it when 15 metres from the line.

    Probably chance gone now for the visitors.

  9. Post update

    Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    Penalty to Sale as Quins don't roll away.

    AJ MacGinty hammers it to touch to the corner.

    What can Sale produce here?

  10. Post update

    Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    Into the closing moments and Sale unable to thread the passes cleanly off the back of a scrum.

    They get fortunate though as there's knock-on from Quins and they get the chance to go again from the halfway line.

  11. Post update

    Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    Harlequins v Sale

    Good response again by Quins after conceding points sees them press Sale back inside their 22.

    Pause in play for a few moments to allow Matt Symons to receive some treatment to a cut to his head.

    Getting the full on medical attention too from two fully PPE-clothed on-site medical staff to get his bandage on.

  12. Penalty: Harlequins 16-10 Sale

    AJ MacGinty

    Shot at goal taken by Sale for an earlier offside and AJ MacGinty's first act after coming off the bench is to slot a penalty over.

    We're back to a six-point game.

  13. Post update

    Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Sale within inches of snatching a try back as the Will Cliff grubber kick nearly got chased by Denny Solomona and then Manu Tuilagi.

    Out of touch it goes though on the dead ball line and we'll come back for an earlier Quins infringement.

  14. Post update

    Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Chris Ashton

    No try against his former employers as yet for Chris Ashton, but when he has had the ball out wide for Quins, he's looked a threat.

    Simon Hammersley meanwhile back on for Sale to get them back to full strength.

  15. Post update

    Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Faf du Klerk has in fact now made way at scrum-half for Sale to be replaced by Will Cliff.

    His big box kick with his left boot on his 22-metre line has some height but Quins are able to keep hold of it inside their own half.

  16. 'Quins are energised'

    Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Natasha Hunt

    England World Cup winning scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    The body language of the Harlequins players shows they are energised especially Marcus Smith, he is bouncing around the place in comparison to Sale, their players have their hands on their hips and taking rests when they can.

    Faf de Klerk has not quite been as sparky as he normally is and when you've got a key player like that who everyone looks to, to make something happen, when they are a small percentge off their game it can really effect you.

  17. Post update

    Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Harlequins

    The Quins pack doing a number as it stands on Sale but Joe Marler has a look that suggests he won't want to see any slack from his team-mates until they hear the final whistle.

    Marcus Smith once more shows his class with his kicking range as he measures a kick to touch to the left corner perfectly for a Sale line-out under pressure.

  18. Post update

    Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Harlequins v Sale

    Sale need a bit more from this man if he can get more of the ball in his hands.

    Simon Hammersley still with another five minutes left on his sin-binning.

  19. Post update

    Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Sale looking like they will miss out on a chance to move level on points with leaders Exeter tonight.

    Down to 14 players and a converted try behind on the scoreboard.

    Quins haven't had to be anywhere near perfect, but they're ahead as we move into the final quarter.

  20. Try: Harlequins 16-7 Sale

    Scott Baldwin, con Marcus Smith

    What a crazy passage of rugby and eventually it ends with a converted Harlequins try.

    Scott Baldwin the hooker is the man to get it after Quins successfully launch a catch and drive line-out from five metres out and Marcus Smith notches the extras.

    Harlequins score a try

    But before that, Sale found themselves reduced to 14 players as Simon Hammersley was sin-binned for not releasing after tackling a player.

    That had happened because he was unnecessarily put under pressure by a cross-field kick from Rob du Preez across his own five-metre line after they'd overturned a line-out and Mike Brown almost scored with an interception.

    Kamikaze rugby from Sale gets punished.