"Bit of beef" - Courtney Lawes and Harlequins star get into heated scrap - Ruck

“Bit of beef” – Courtney Lawes and Harlequins star get into heated scrap

In an exhilarating clash within the Gallagher Premiership, Harlequins and Northampton Saints faced off in a riveting contest. Quins’ Andre Esterhuizen and Saints’ Courtney Lawes engaged in a classic showdown, evoking nostalgia for rugby enthusiasts reminiscent of bygone eras.

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Ultimately, the Saints emerged victorious in a closely contested match, securing a 36–33 win and treating fans to one of the most captivating fixtures of the weekend.

Northampton’s triumph was fueled by two tries from Ollie Sleightholme, contributing to their fourth Premiership victory of the season in a thrilling encounter at Franklin’s Gardens.

Sleightholme’s stellar performance was complemented by tries from Lewis Ludlam, Alex Mitchell, and Alex Coles, bookending a memorable night for the wing.

Despite Quins’ valiant efforts, with an opening try from wing Cadan Murley and additional contributions from Jack Walker, lock George Hammond, and Will Evans, they fell just short. Nathan Jibulu’s late try, however, allowed Harlequins to secure a valuable losing bonus point.


Telegraph Top 30 male players in the UK:

30 Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Ireland)

29 Jac Morgan (Ospreys/Wales)

28 Kyle Sinckler (Bristol/England)

27 Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)

26 Henry Slade (Exeter/England)

Try Celebrations for Henry Slade of England as he goes over for a try during the Autumn Nations International Series match between England and South Africa at Twickenham, London on 26 November 2022 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

25 Tommy Reffell (Leicester/Wales)

24 Theo McFarland (Saracens/Samoa)

23 Jasper Wiese (Leicester/South Africa)

22 Henry Arundell (London Irish/England)

21 Hamish Watson (Edinburgh/Scotland)

Final whistle celebrations for Scott Steele of Scotland and Hamish Watson of Scotland during the Six Nations Championship, 127th Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on January 6 2021. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK