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Feb 27, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Franklin's Gardens
SaintsNorthampton Saints
Manoa (30'), Wilson (54'), Wood (67')
Yarde (80')

Result: Northampton Saints beat struggling Harlequins

Northampton Saints extend their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership with a 17-13 win over Harlequins.

Northampton Saints have extended their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership with a 17-13 win over Harlequins this evening.

After a quiet start to the match, it was the visitors that took the lead against the run of play through a Nick Evans penalty, adding his first of two penalties in the first half.

Kahn Fotuali'i of Northampton Saints breaks away from Harry Sloan of Harlequins during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Harlequins at Franklin's Gardens on February 27, 2015© Getty Images

Samu Manoa put the champions in front with just under half an hour played though when he powered across for the opening try of the night.

James Wilson extended the home side's lead early in the second half, while the visitors' chances of a comeback were dealt a blow three minutes later when Kyle Sinckler was sent to the sin bin for a bad tackle on Manoa.

Tom Wood returned from a spell out with injury, coming off the bench to mark his 100th appearance for Northampton with a try, sealing the win with just over 10 minutes to go.

Harlequins did manage to add a late consolation try, keeping the ball alive to leave Marland Yarde to find a gap with the final action of the match.

The result keeps Saints at the top, while Harlequins sit ninth.

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