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Ford-Robinson scores late try as Gloucester fight back to beat Quins

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Jamal Ford-Robinson of Gloucester celebrates after he scores the winning try during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm Stadium on October 14, 2023 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

A last-minute try from replacement Jamal Ford-Robinson saw Gloucester edge a thrilling 29-28 home Gallagher Premiership comeback victory over Harlequins.

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Quins looked set to win until replacement Jarrod Evans was sin-binned in added time, which allowed the home side to regroup and steal victory.

Arthur Clark, Lewis Ludlow and George McGuigan were also on Gloucester’s try-scoring sheet with George Barton kicking a penalty and three conversions.

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Will Evans, Alex Dombrandt and Luke Northmore scored tries for Harlequins. Will Edwards added two conversions with Jarrod Evans adding three penalties.

On his 200th appearance for the club, Ludlow led out Gloucester but his side were soon behind after Ben Donnell had dropped the kick off.

This error gave Quins an attacking platform and they went through the phases for Dombrandt to force his way over from close range.

Gloucester suffered another early blow when scrum-half Charlie Chapman was forced off with a leg injury but after exerting a period of considerable pressure, they levelled the scores.

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A neat break from Barton put the defence on the back foot and when the ball was recycled, Clark drove over.

The home side were playing some delightful rugby with skilful handling testing their opponents to the full and were soon rewarded with another try from McGuigan.

However the response from Quins was swift. Straight from the restart, Gloucester conceded a penalty and from the resulting line-out, Evans stole away to touchdown.

Edwards missed the conversion before Barton increased his side’s lead with a straightforward penalty but that advantage did not last long as Northmore ran strongly from a scrum, 25 metres to score an excellent individual try.

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The conversion from Edwards gave his side a 19-17 interval lead.

Gloucester were quickly out of the traps for the second half and looked to have regained the lead when a neat break from Lloyd Evans saw Jake Morris race over but TMO replays showed a blocking and the try was ruled out.

The frenetic pace of the game briefly slowed as both sides drew breath but the hosts were next to score when a superb run from Ollie Thorley set up a try for Ludlow.

Jarrod Evans was introduced by the visitors and the Wales international fly-half immediately put them back in front with three penalties in quick succession, but he crucially missed a fourth to take his side two scores clear.

Northmore looked to have sealed the game when he capitalised on a Gloucester error to run 60 metres to score but TMO replays showed a high tackle and Jarrod Evans was shown the yellow card.

This gave the hosts the chance they needed and after a period of relentless pressure, Ford-Robinson forced his way over to steal the win.

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