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Tiger Woods should disqualify himself from Masters, says Sir Nick Faldo

You should disqualify yourself! Faldo says Woods will damage legacy if he plays on at Augusta

Nick Metcalfe


14:31 GMT, 13 April 2013



16:58 GMT, 13 April 2013

Sir Nick Faldo has hit out at Tiger Woods after the American superstar was given a two-shot penalty for a controversial drop at the Masters, saying he should disqualify himself from the tournament.

Woods hit his third shot against the flag stick on the 15th hole at Augusta, with the ball bouncing into the water. He then took a drop from what appeared to be the wrong place, two yards away from its original lie.

It was thought at one time that the world No 1 could have been disqualified, but he was given a reprieve on Saturday morning by rules officials.

However, three-time Masters winner Faldo told the Golf Channel that he should elect not to play the final two rounds, saying he 'should think about mark this will leave on his legacy'.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Drama: Woods reacts after his ball flies into the water (left) and then takes his drop (right)

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water


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Faldo added: 'For me, this is dreadful. Absolutely, no intention to drop this as close as possible. Simply, a breach of rules.

'The rules of golf are black and white and Tiger broke them. He’s admitted he broke them. He should stand up and earn himself some brownie points and say to all his fellow professionals: ”I’ve broken the rules, I’m going home and I will see you next week.” He should consider the mark this will leave on his legacy.’

Woods will start the third round on one-under par, five off the lead held by Jason Day.

Golf's rules were changed a year ago, with players now not being disqualified for signing the wrong card.

New rules state that 'if the Committee is satisfied that the competitor could not reasonably have known or discovered the facts resulting in his breach of the Rules, it would be justified under Rule 33-7 in waiving the disqualification penalty prescribed by Rule 6-6d.'

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997


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Former US Open champion Graeme
McDowell said on Twitter: '2 shot penalty for TW for wrong drop. New
rule applied for trial by tv. Instead of retrospective DQ, player
receives a penalty. Decent rule.'

leader after two rounds was Australia's Jason Day, on six-under. But
all the talk as the weekend began was once again about Woods.

Watch Tiger Woods' shot fly off the stick and into the water…

Masters 2013: John Higgins beats Ali Carter at Alexandra Palace

Higgins Masters Carter with fine victory to book quarter-final spot at Ally Pally

Nick Metcalfe


22:09 GMT, 14 January 2013



22:09 GMT, 14 January 2013

John Higgins fought back from 2-0 behind to beat Ali Carter and book a place in the last eight of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

Higgins, winner of this great event in 1999 and 2006, lost the second frame despite Carter needing two snookers, and seemed really up against it at that stage.

The Scot soon found his feet however, firing in a clearance of 117 to reduce Carter's lead, and then winning the fourth frame to level at 2-2.

Job done: Higgins came from 2-0 down to beat Carter on Monday

Job done: Higgins came from 2-0 down to beat Carter on Monday

Higgins soon went 3-2 up, and then he won the sixth frame with a 97 to take control of the match.

Carter pulled one back with an 83, and looked set to win another when he was first in with 54 in the ninth frame, but he missed a pink to middle, and Higgins made him pay with a 65 clearance to seal his win.

'I was thinking Ali was going to pull it back to 5-5 because I was beginning to feel the pressure a bit, but luckily I held myself together,' Higgins said afterwards.

On his poor start, he added: 'I was still feeling okay. I hadn't missed much and felt fine and that's half the battle. It's only you and your mind out there and I was still in the game so you just get on with it.'

LIVE World Darts Final: Scott Waites v Tony O"Shea at Lakeside

BDO World Darts Championship final: All the live news from Waites v O'Shea

Nick Metcalfe


17:59 GMT, 13 January 2013



18:18 GMT, 13 January 2013

O'Shea 0 Waites 1 Have your say here

18.18: Waites with the darts in the third leg of the second set, and he's always too far ahead to be under any pressure. Waites goes 2-1 up.

18.16: O'Shea levels it up in the second set, with a double 10 finishing it off.

18.15: The Chelsea pensioners are in attendance. No personalities so far, from what I can see. You used to be able to rely on a few snooker players to make it, but with the Masters starting today, I'm not so sure any will be here.

18.14: Best leg of the match so far, with successive 180s in the middle of it. Waites misses a couple of doubles, but makes no mistake with double four and goes one leg up in the second set.

18.12: Scott Waites wins the opening set.

O'Shea is not at the races in this fourth leg of the match, leaving Waites with six darts to make 42. He doesn't make the first three count, but with his fourth he hits double 16 and puts the first set on the board. He really does look determined here, does Waites.

18.10: O'Shea misses a chance with bullseye, and Waites takes full advantage, with a treble 16 and double eight finish seeing him break the darts.

18.09: This is bringing back nice memories of my own days at the Lakeside. It's always a fun night out, I remember when it was seen as really raucous in Frimley Green, but with the antics of the crowd up at Ally Pally these days, it seems positively innocent in Surrey.

18.07: Waites hits the first 180 of the final in the second leg, and is on a finish in no time. He misses a few doubles, before eventually nailing double six and levelling the scores.

18.05: Waites has a chance to win the first leg with a 170, but falls well short, O'Shea misses a chance with double 16, Waites then can't hit double 20, before O'Shea holds his nerve to pick off a double eight and make sure he holds with the darts.

18.03: We're under way, so we are. Both these men are going for their first title. Who will be picking up the famous old trophy in a couple of hours

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

18.02: It's been some month for us darts fans, has it not All the thrills of the PDC event at Alexandra Palace, with a 16th world title for Phil Taylor. And after a week of BDO action, here comes the climax to it all. All eyes on the oche.

18.00: The atmosphere at the Lakeside is terrific, as the players make their entrance for this final. Plenty of fancy dress on display at what the commentators remind us is 'the spiritual home of darts'.

Welcome to our live coverage of the world darts final. Let's hope for a thriller between Scott Waites and Tony O'Shea.

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Darts: Scott Waites thrashes Richie George to reach world final

Ruthless Waites thrashes George to reach world final

Nick Metcalfe


16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013



17:46 GMT, 12 January 2013

Richie George saw his World Championship dream torn apart by Scott Waites on Saturday.

Waites completely dominated their semi-final clash at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, winning 6-1 to reach his first final

Richie is the son of the popular Bobby, a former world finalist and now BBC pundit.

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Third seed Waites won the first 12
legs of the match to open up a 4-0 lead, with George missing a host of
doubles. When Waites won the fifth set as well, a humiliating whitewash
looked on the cards for George.

The youngster held his nerve to pull
one set back however, before Waites duly completed his win in front of
another full house in Surrey.

'You have to bully your opponent and that's exactly what I did,' said Waites afterwards.

'I was happy with the way the game went. I hit doubles early on – that put pressure on Richie.'

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

George said: 'I couldn't be happier. I had my chances and didn't take them, but Scott played brilliantly. It wasn't meant to be for me.'

Waites will now try to go one step further and win the famous old trophy in Sunday's final.

Reading are about to sign Tom Rogic from Australian side Central Coast Mariners

Reading nearing second signing of the transfer window as fee is agreed for Aussie Rogic


10:19 GMT, 2 January 2013



10:19 GMT, 2 January 2013

Reading are close to signing Australia international Tom Rogic to help bolster the options in central midfield.

Playmaker Rogic, 20, has shone for the Central Coast Mariners and is due to reach the end of his contract in May.

Reading fans will be hoping Rogic can give their midfield the spark it lacks

Ingenuity: Reading fans will be hoping that Rogic can ignite their midfield

He came close to joining Reading in 2011 when the Berkshire club failed to secure a work permit for him.

Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull said: 'We have been in discussions with Reading and both clubs are fairly satisfied with what's on the table and now it's up to Tom to reach a personal agreement with Reading.

'I am not going to say what the figure is but there is an agreement there. Of course we don't want to see him go,' he said to SBS' The World Game.

'I'd like to have Tommy here for another six years because he's a special player.

'But the reality is that quality Australian players will always want to test themselves overseas where they can command the salaries and exposure they cannot command here.

'You have seen it with the Harry Kewells, Brett Emertons, Lucas Neills, Jason Culinas and so many more over the years.

'We could keep Tom here until May when
his contract expires but then he could leave for nothing, and we as a
club would be out of pocket. It's a situation where our hands are really

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Rogic has been capped four times by Australia

International Pedigree: Rogic has been capped four times by Australia

'The way things are now I would expect that things will be resolved by the end of the week concerning Tom and it may be that he will decide to stay, though considering his past association with Reading perhaps that would be unlikely.'

Reading director of football Nick Hammond said in The Sun: 'We've been monitoring Tomas closely for the past year or so and were really disappointed when we couldn't sign him because of those work-permit issues.

'Our opinion of him has only got higher.

'He's a smashing lad. I have no doubt he has the potential to play in the Premier League.'

Rogic made his senior Australia debut against South Korea in November.

Charles Sale: MCC chief "insults" election hopefuls

MCC chief 'insults' election hopefuls



22:46 GMT, 20 December 2012

The MCC are embroiled in yet another
internal row after chairman Oliver Stocken astonished members of
cricket’s most famous private club with his comments about the main
committee election.

Stocken, who has been accused by
legal grandee Lord Grabiner of running MCC like a ‘personal fiefdom’,
damned the six candidates in the ballot, saying he wouldn’t recommend
any of them because they did not have the qualities of those retiring
from the MCC committee.

A general view of Lords

Stocken’s letter to members said: ‘It has been decided not to recommend any nominees but instead to refer to the skills and attributes possessed by the four elected members who are due to retire. It is highly unlikely the qualities of the new members will match those retiring.’

The six nominees include Hampshire president and former county captain Nick Pocock and City high-flyer Vicky Griffiths, who has been nominated by Andy Flower and Mike Gatting.

Senior MCC member Laurence Dillamore described Stocken’s comments as ‘the most insulting and condescending communication from the club in all the 40 years I have been a member’. He added: ‘It is breathtaking contempt and directly questions the competence of the proposers and seconders.’

An MCC spokesperson said the chairman’s letter was for guidance and had not meant to be a slight on anyone.

Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco

Former Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy (right), tipped to be FA chairman before David Bernstein was appointed, is again being linked with the role.

Leading businessman Leahy, long-time Everton supporter, England 2018 bid adviser and knowledgeable about the FA through Tesco's sponsorship, ticks most boxes.

But there is doubt whether Leahy could commit at least two days a week to the FA having taken up a number of advisory roles since leaving Tesco.

Others in the frame are Football League chairman Greg Clarke, St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks and independent FA director Heather Rabbatts. Dame Sue Campbell, who is stepping down from the chairmanship of UK Sport, should certainly be on the FA headhunters' list.

It's Roger and out…

The Lawn Tennis Association remuneration committee, which awarded chief executive Roger Draper his 640,000-a-year package, have Draper as one of two executive staff invitees who attend meetings. And you wouldn’t have put it past the hapless LTA for Draper to be present when his salary was discussed. However, it was confirmed yesterday that Draper left the room before his 201,000 bonus was awarded. Cathie Sabin, the LTA deputy president, would not discuss Draper’s money yesterday but said: ‘The board is backing Roger.’

Moz Dee, talkSPORT's programme director who has done a lot to raise the profile of the station, is leaving to set up Contented Digital Media, supplying original material to broadcasters. Dee, who will want to earn more than he did at talkSPORT, is unlikely to have made such a move without deals – most probably with BT Sport – already in place.

British Olympic Association pleasure at securing Minas Tennis Club in Belo Horizonte for their Team GB preparation camp for the 2016 Rio Games will be enhanced by the knowledge Australia were also chasing the venue.

Hard-hitting BBC political editor Nick Robinson, who hosted Manchester United’s UNESCO dinner, hardly put the players through the wringer. United fan Robinson asked Nemanja Vidic what it was like to be back from injury, Rio Ferdinand what it was like to have Vidic back and Wayne Rooney what it was like playing alongside Robin van Persie. The only remotely edgy question was put to Rooney, with Robinson asking for advice on his hairline.

Bath 21 Harlequins 18: Deadly Donald stuns leaders Quins

Bath 21 Harlequins 18: Deadly Donald stuns leaders Quins


00:26 GMT, 24 November 2012



00:26 GMT, 24 November 2012

Stephen Donald won the duel of the All Black fly-halves to earn Bath a stirring victory and inflict a third Aviva Premiership defeat on league leaders Harlequins.

Donald turned in his best performance for Bath by kicking seven penalties from eight attempts but it was nip and tuck all the way through against fellow New Zealander Nick Evans, whose boot was also responsible for all his side's points.

Delight: Bath celebrate victory

Delight: Bath celebrate victory

Bath's never-say-die spirit was typified by former Scotland number eight Simon Taylor who led a monumental effort in the loose to blunt Harlequins dynamic attack.

Quins had won their last three meetings with Bath, including a 21-12 victory in the LV= Cup tie a week ago. The match winner that night at The Stoop was fly-half Ben Botica but Evans had recovered from an ankle injury to claim back his number 10 shirt.

The Recreation Ground was in remarkably good condition although the River Avon was in full flood, overflowing the footpath behind the main stand.

Evans wasted no time in pinning Bath back into the corner and the pressure brought a succession of penalties, eventually allowing the New Zealander to open the scoring.

Nick Abendanon's counter-attacking verve earned Donald a chance at the other end but the World Cup winner was off target. Bath continued to wage a fierce battle on the gain-line and were rewarded on 16 minutes when Donald chipped over a penalty in front of the Quins posts to level at 3-3.

They should have extended the lead shortly afterwards when Matt Banahan charged down a Tom Williams clearance and regathered the ball, only to fire an uncatchable pass at centre Semesa Rokoduguni.

On the ball: Michael Claassens feeds a ball from the scrum

On the ball: Michael Claassens feeds a ball from the scrum

Back came Quins, Evans pulling the strings to fashion an opening for Nick Easter but Jordan Turner-Hall was bottled up when he threatened to burst free. Bath infringed and Evans knocked over a 23rd minute penalty.

But it was the home side who finished the half strongest, despite being at a clear disadvantage in the scrums. They made up for that with a strong line-out performance and plenty of aggression in and around the tackle area. That effort was replicated in the backline with strong running from the likes of Banahan and Tom Biggs.

Donald punished a ruck infringement with a kick from 35 metres and was then successful with a 50-metre effort to send his side in at half-time with a 9-6 lead.

Quins began the second half hesitantly and Dickson sliced a box kick into touch. Mark Lambert earned a warning for taking out Simon Taylor in the line-out and Donald kicked his fourth penalty.

Strong arm: Simon Taylor of Bath is tackled by Mark Lambert of Harlequins

Strong arm: Simon Taylor of Bath is tackled by Mark Lambert of Harlequins

After Evans missed a straightforward chance to pull back three points Quins earned a penalty and scrum-half Karl Dickson sped away only to be caught on the line by Guy Mercer. The visitors fancied their chances at a series of reset scrums but Bath held their nerve and Evans eventually had to be content with a 56th minute penalty.

A late challenge by Mercer on Evans, duly punished by the Kiwi, brought the Londoners level on the hour but Bath were back in the lead four minutes later as Donald was on target with his fifth penalty. Back came Evans from 45 metres and it was 15-15.

Harlequins failed to deal with the restart, however, and Bath surged to the line. Three times they tried to ground the ball and Banahan appeared to be closest to scoring only for the TV match official to deny him. It was at least a penalty advantage and Donald was on target again.

It was Bath's turn to set nerves jangling from the restart as both Michael Claassens and Donald had clearance kicks charged down – Easter just failing to make the touchdown.

Donald just kept his cool, lining up another kick at the other end to put Bath 21-15 ahead only for Evans to land his sixth penalty with four minutes left. Harlequins threatened again but a crucial turnover by Guy Mercer won back possession and four vital points.

Manchester City v Sunderland – LIVE

Manchester City v Sunderland – All the latest action as it happens from the Etihad



12:49 GMT, 6 October 2012


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Y. Toure, Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Rodwell, K.Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Westwood.

Have your say at [email protected].co.uk

13.49: We're a little late getting under way, City players were waiting for Yaya Toure it seems. Oh well, away we go…

13.47: Thanks for all your nice messages at half-time, and one that isn't so nice from somebody called James. Poor show from you, old chap.


That's your lot for the first 47 minutes. A decent enough game, and City much the better team. See you back here in 15 minutes, give or take.

13.30: We are going to play two additional minutes at the end of this first half. Well, when I say we…

13.28: Barry seems to be having more of an influence as the game progresses. Again he charges though midfield, and supplies Yaya Toure. His cross is weak though, and cleared away. Sunderland are playing for half-time here.

13.27: City are well and truly in charge here, and again they test the visitors with a decent attack. They seem wary of having a shot on goal, but eventually Barry fires a decent effort wide of the post.

13.25: You're right about Sunderland fans, Nick. I always thought they quite liked United until that day in May. I've spoken to many Sunderland fans who were embarrassed by it. Dave, Manchester

13.22: More City pressure, and when Sunderland don't clear properly away from a corner, Balotelli curls a rather tame effort wide.

13.19: Not an awful lot is happening right at the moment. I wouldn't say City are coasting, but they're certainly good value for their lead.

13.17: 'If you hate Man United, clap your hands' seems to be doing the rounds at the Etihad. It seems like some in the away end might be joining in. I've traditionally had a lot of time for Sunderland. I do like visiting the town and its delightful, warm people. But I was surprised by a way a few of their fans behaved on the final day of last season, going so mad as United lost the title. It didn't seem very dignified to me. Oh well, every set of fans has a day when they don't distinguish themselves, I suppose.

13.15: Colback gives the ball away, and City nearly take advantage as a dangerous low ball is played across the area and Balotelli's effort is deflected behind. Wouldn't you know it, we've played half an hour here. This one is traditionally rushing by.

Battle: Mario Balotelli is challenged by Sunderland's Craig Gardner

Battle: Mario Balotelli is challenged by Sunderland's Craig Gardner

13.10: City win another dangerous free-kick just outside the Sunderland area, but this time Kolarov has his effort deflected behind. Some cheeky wags in the Sunderland end refuse to give the ball away for a while, when it is returned City have a corner, but it's cleared away easily enough.

13.08: Mancini didn't seem happy in his interview before the game with City having to play on a Wednesday night and then early on a Saturday, but his team are pretty bright here.

13.05: City show their class with a fine probing move, and Sunderland are lucky to survive. A fortunate deflection sees the ball fall to Zabaleta inside the Sunderland area, but his close-range effort is well saved by Mignolet. From the rebound, Tevez fires a dangerous ball across the six yard box, from which Zabeleta just fails to make contact.

13.01: Come on Sunderland. Man City's Bogey side lets go one better than last season and take all 6 points off City this season instead of the 4 from 6 last season. Jack Colback to stamp his authority on Y.Yore and co in city midfield. Predict a cheeky 2-1 win to Sunderland. Ger Carney, Sunderland Supporter in Yeovil. ps watch out for Sol Carney aged 15 playing for Yeovil Town FC U-18's …the next Jack Colback…the next Paul Scholes!!

12.59: Two corners in succession for Sunderland, but neither are any good frankly. Martin O'Neill stalks the touchline, as is his trademark. He really does live and breathe every game.

Eye for goal: Aleksandar Kolarov fires home with a free-kick

Eye for goal: Aleksandar Kolarov fires home with a free-kick

Pure delight: Kolarov celebrates after scoring for City

Pure delight: Kolarov celebrates after scoring for City

12.57: Messrs Mancini and Platt are in animated conversation. Meanwhile, Gardner's fine cross aimed at Fletcher has to be headed behind by Zabaleta. A Sunderland corner, and the visiting fans find their voice.

12.55: Not a bad effort from Sunderland, as City fail to clear properly from a free-kick and Sessegnon fires a volley narrowly over the crossbar. There's a nice open feel to this match.

12.53: You can rest assured that as soon as I see pictures come through from this match, I will publish the best of them.

12.51: The worst possible start for the visitors, they're really up against it now. City fans are delightedly singing about being champions.


Sunderland pay the price for Cuellar's poor challenge as Aleksandar Kolarov curls a brilliant free-kick into the net. Some might say Sunderland keeper Mignolet should have done better, but there was a lot of power in it. Smashing strike.

12.47: Balotelli sets Tevez up with a nice pass, and Cuellar upends the Argentina with a ghastly challenge on the edge of the Sunderland penalty area. A yellow card for Cuellar, I wouldn't have been amazed to see a red.

12.46: Joleon Lescott loses the ball in midfield in the opening minute, and Sunderland string a few passes together. Both teams are feeling each other out.

12.45: Goodness, they are being prompt here. We're under way on time.

12.44: Here come the strains of Blue Moon. Beautiful song.

12.43: The usual teams will be up there. It's between City and United again for me.
Gary, London

12.41: The teams are coming out. The cameras are focused on Joe Hart. No surprise there, the England keeper was sensational in City's midweek clash with Borussia Dortmund.

12.40: With those wages one of them deserve the title. A decent manager would remind them that they are footballers not prima donnas. Can you imagine Norman Hunter or Tommy Smith in the game now Jon Dearden

12.37: Whether it's a good morning, good afternoon or good evening, your company is appreciated as we head into another big weekend of sport.

12.35: Hi, I'm from Australia and I'm following your updates on the City-Sunderland game on the Daily Mail site Just saying thanks very much for this because we can't watch any Premier League matches here, unfortunately and so it's great to be able to keep up with the action! Tipping Chelsea for the title this year, but hoping City can manage two in a row! Cheers 🙂 Tessa.

12.30: The ground is really starting to fill up now, with 15 minutes until kick-off. It's a big sporting day in Manchester, what with the big rugby league final this evening. And what a beautiful autumnal day, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness at its best.

12.20: Come on City, let's get our title bid really going now.
James, Chalfont St Peter

12.15: I've just remembered this fixture last season. I was in Koh Samui on a boiling hot Saturday night. That late City recovery from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 was rather important as things turned out.

12.10: Funny old game. And a funny old season so far. None of the big guns have been properly firing in these opening couple of months. Who do you fancy as the title winners Don't be shy, drop me a line to [email protected]

Hoping for victory: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Hoping for victory: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

12.05: Here are the teams for this lunchtime match:

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Y. Toure, Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Rodwell, K.Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Westwood.

12.00: Manchester
City have had a mixed start to the season, but will be expected to beat
Sunderland and move into second place in the Premier League.

Harlequins 16 Saracens 18: Owen Farrell on fire

Harlequins 16 Saracens 18: Farrell on fire for Sarries to break unbeaten Quins run



16:54 GMT, 30 September 2012

England fly-half Owen Farrell kicked the winning penalty six minutes from time as Saracens consigned Harlequins to their first defeat in five Aviva Premiership matches this season.

Farrell scored all 18 points for the visitors, with six penalties, in a hard-fought encounter at the Twickenham Stoop.

Harlequins, knocked off the top of the table when Northampton beat Wasps on Friday night, replied with an opportunist try from scrum-half Danny Care and 11 points from the boot of fly-half Nick Evans.

On form: Owen Farrell scored all of Sarries points

On form: Owen Farrell scored all of Sarries points

Breakout: Brad Barritt is tackled by Harlequins' Nick Easter

Breakout: Brad Barritt is tackled by Harlequins' Nick Easter

Match facts

Harlequins: Brown, Stegman, Hopper, Turner-Hall, Monye, Evans, Care, Marler, Gray, Johnston, Kohn, Robson, Guest, Robshaw, Easter.

Replacements: Buchanan for Gray (28), Matthews for Kohn (54), Fa'asavalu for Guest (54).

Not Used: Lambert, Collier, Dickson, Clegg, Lindsay-Hague.

Sin Bin: Kohn (33).

Tries: Care. Cons: Evans. Pens: Evans 3.

Saracens: Goode, Ashton, Tomkins, Barritt, Wyles, Farrell, Wigglesworth, Gill, Brits, Du Plessis, Borthwick, Hargreaves, Brown, Fraser, Joubert.

Replacements: Strettle for Tomkins (53), Hodgson for Wyles (69), Spencer for Wigglesworth (74), Vunipola for Gill (49), Smit for Brits (63), Stevens for Du Plessis (45), Kruis for Hargreaves (54), Saull for Fraser (72).

Sin Bin: Kruis (66).

Pens: Farrell 6.

Att: 14,224

Ref: Andrew Small (RFU).

But the usually dependable former All
Black missed three kickable second-half penalties, any one of which
would have been enough to preserve Quins' 100 per cent record this

Evans kicked Harlequins into a
second-minute lead but six minutes later he saw a second attempt rebound
off the post after Sarries flanker Will Fraser pulled down a rolling

Saracens drew level in the 12th minute with Farrell's simple opening penalty after Harlequins strayed offside.

Two minutes later Evans restored his side's lead with his second successful kick.

Farrell equalised again in the 21st
minute after former England number eight Nick Easter was penalised for
not rolling away from a ruck.

The first try-scoring opportunity was
wasted by Quins. Evans found Easter but, with full-back Mike Brown
outside him, the back-row man's final pass went straight into the arms
of Saracens' England wing Chris Ashton.

A quick break out of defence put
Sarries on the front foot when Farrell and hooker Schalk Brits combined
to release Ashton down the right touchline but he was superbly tackled
into touch by Brown.

Harlequins hit trouble when they lost
hooker Joe Gray to injury, had lock Ollie Kohn sin-binned and fell
behind to Farrell's third penalty.

Over the line: Danny Care dives over to score a try

Over the line: Danny Care dives over to score a try

Gray's game ended in the 28th minute
when he was replaced for the second time by Rob Buchanan, only four
minutes after returning to the pitch following a 14-minute blood-injury

Five minutes later referee Andrew
Small showed Kohn the yellow card for killing the ball near his own line
and Farrell landed the resulting penalty.

On the move: Care breaks through

On the move: Care breaks through

But 14-man Quins put the misfortunes
behind them when Care, looking far more lively than England scrum-half
rival and opposite number Richard Wigglesworth, scored a real sniper's

Exploiting a rare gap in the
Premiership's meanest defence, he dashed clear to touch down near the
posts, leaving Evans a simple conversion.

Charge: Harlequins' Mike Brown breaks through a tackle from Saracens' Will Fraser (left) and Steve Borthwick

Charge: Harlequins' Mike Brown breaks through a tackle from Saracens' Will Fraser (left) and Steve Borthwick

Farrell reduced Quins' lead to a single point with a 45-metre penalty four minutes into the second half.

Then hooker Brits produced a touch of
magic worthy of a half-back when he found space and directed an
inch-perfect kick into the corner for the chasing Ashton but he was once
again thwarted by Brown's first-class covering.

Evans missed a 52nd-minute penalty
kick for Harlequins and, three minutes later, Farrell kicked the
visitors ahead after Quins were penalised at the breakdown.

Pure gold: Mo Farah does the Mobot with the Harlequins mascots and daughter Rihanna

Pure gold: Mo Farah does the Mobot with the Harlequins mascots and daughter Rihanna

Evans was off-target again in the 62nd
minute after Sarries' replacement prop Mako Vunipola was penalised for
entering a ruck from the side.

But Evans made no mistake from in
front of the posts in the 66th minute after Saracens' replacement lock
George Kruis, who had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes, was
yellow-carded for hands in the ruck.

Evans then missed another penalty shot before Farrell kicked the winner in the 74th minute.

Bath 30 Wasps 23: Kyle Eastmond opens his account

Bath 30 Wasps 23: Stunning start for Eastmond as first try is well worth the wait



19:08 GMT, 8 September 2012

Off and running: Kyle Eastmond scored his first try for Bath

Off and running: Kyle Eastmond scored his first try for Bath

Kyle Eastmond gave English rugby a taste of what is to come with a scorching try to settle this entertaining clash.

The 23-year-old spent last season on the sidelines following a spate of injuries that plagued his high-profile switch from rugby league.

But the comparisons with Jason Robinson were obvious as he bustled and stepped through eight Wasps players to claim his first try for Bath.

Bath assistant coach Brad Davis said: 'We all knew what a talent Kyle was when we signed him.

'Last year was a write-off with the injuries but his skills were never in doubt and he has produced the try of the season so far.'

But victory came at what could be a heavy price as Matt Banahan, who along with Tom Biggs also scored a try, limped off with a knee injury.

Head coach Toby Booth said: 'He will have a scan and we will wait to see the results. He has been put in a brace. All injuries are a worry.'

Tom Varndell and Christian Wade crossed for Wasps but they could only manage a second successive losing bonus, as Bath exposed the defensive frailties that surrendered a 27-point lead against Harlequins last week.

At times full-back Nick Abendanon broke through with ease before Banahan sauntered over on 26 minutes.

It took until almost halftime for Wasps to release young flyer Wade, who was denied by a lunging tackle from Ollie Barkley.

Nick Robinson cut the deficit to
four points but dithered on the ball before his pass struck Tom Palmer
and Biggs pounced to score.

Having struggled to conjure a scoring pass, it took an unlikely kick by 6ft 7in lock Marco Wentzel for Varndell to hit back.

Bath's forwards finally edged the
contest up front and though Carl Fearns blew a golden chance, Eastmond
proved far more lethal from a similar position.

Not to be outdone, the other exciting
young number 14 on the pitch showed what he could do when Wade outran
any blue jersey in sight on 73 minutes.

However it took Robinson's last kick of the game to rescue a losing bonus point.

Wasps coach Dai Young said: 'We
looked dangerous in broken play but we were disappointing in all other
areas. We lacked patience with the ball to build pressure.'