Prem shock as London Irish stun champions Harlequins
The result was in the balance throughout what was a gripping encounter at the Twickenham Stoop, and the Exiles saw it out to move up to seventh in the table.
London Irish claimed the game’s first points through a simple penalty by Paddy Jackson after five minutes, as Quins failed to roll away at a ruck.
Allan added the conversion from out wide, but the Exiles hit back just before the half-hour mark when Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy grounded the ball off the back of a driving maul, following a succession of penalties.
Jackson’s conversion put the visitors 10-7 in front but it only took another seven minutes for the lead to change hands again.
That put Harlequins 14-10 ahead at half-time and it took a superb tackle by Jackson to prevent Tyrone Green from going through and extending that lead eight minutes after the break.
Jackson missing the conversion meant just one point separated the teams, but Irish went more than a converted try clear when replacement scrum-half White darted his way over just short of the hour mark.
Quins missed a great chance to quickly pull a try back when Jack Kenningham knocked on close to the line after Beard had done brilliantly to gain ground on the left.
Beard did have his second with 13 minutes left when he went in at the corner after Care and Tom Lawday combined to find him in space, but Quins could not snatch a late winner this time as Irish doggedly held on.
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