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Watch: Jimmy Gopperth Fools The Quins Defence With This Filthy, Filthy Step

If you didn’t get a chance to watch Friday night’s clash between Harlequins and London Wasps at The Stoop then you definitely missed out. 

It was an incredible game of rugby and there was no shortage of drama throughout the game.

Harlequins were heading into this match knowing that they needed a victory in order to keep their hopes of playing Champions Cup rugby next season alive.

For league leaders, Wasps, a victory would have all but ensured a home semi-final but now that could be in doubt after tonight’s 32-10 loss.

This was undoubtedly Harlequins finest victory of the season, and the manner in which they played would have both pleased and angered fans.

The reason for this was because they played so damn well. But as we know, the Jekyl and Hyde nature of their performances have become a consistent characteristic of this team in recent seasons.

Nevertheless, they put on a fine performance on Friday night and it was a fitting tribute to the departing Nick Evans who will be retiring at the end of the season.

Evans received a wonderful reception as he took to the field and this also applied to when he left the pitch.

Wasps will be frustrated with the performance but they are in the envious position that they will be challenging for Premiership honours in a few weeks time.

One of the few highlights for Wasps was this incredible step by their Kiwi outhalf Jimmy Gopperth.

After a brief bout of kick-tennis, Gopperth fielded the ball and stepped around the despairing Kyle Sinckler.

Gopperth put on the afterburners before timing his pass to perfection to put away Dan Robson who touched down despite an excellent ‘tap-tackle’ from Tim Visser.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter