Tim Visser’s second-half try helped Harlequins to a third Premiership win in four games as they edged past a dogged Sale Sharks side 16-14 at the Twickenham Stoop in an enthralling Friday night encounter.
Sale are a formidable prospect at the AJ Bell Stadium but generally struggle on their travels and despite a battling performance, their streak of winning just one away league game since last November continued.
They dominated up front in the first half but failed to translate that to the scoreboard – captain Dan Braid’s try following Danny Cipriani’s up-and-under their only score in a 7-3 half-time lead.
And Quins looked a different side after the break as Visser’s well-taken score, combined with the boot of Evans, helped them into the lead despite Sam James’ try.
The Sharks did put considerable late pressure on their hosts but when Cipriani’s late drop-goal attempt flew wide, Quins had done just enough for the win.