London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones was astonished his side “snatched victory from the jaws of defeat” against Bath.
A 70-metre try from wing Nick Scott with the last action of the match gave Welsh an unlikely, but crucial, 16-9 win.
Scott picked off Stephen Donald’s telegraphed pass and had sufficient pace to hold off the cover for the score, which Gordon Ross converted. The win was their third in the Premiership and Jones was delighted his side put recent disappointments against Wasps and Saracens behind them.
“I can’t quite believe it. We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat,” Jones said.
“We’ve had a few hard lines in the last few weeks, a tough last-minute call against Saracens and we carelessly lost a bonus point last week against Wasps.”
Saracens boss Mark McCall believes England back-row forward James Haskell got off lightly for the bone-shaking challenge which saw Sarries lock Alistair Hargreaves carried off on a stretcher during yesterday’s 29-24 win over Wasps. Haskell, who appeared to go in high, sparked the anger of the home fans but escaped a card from referee JP Doyle who, after consulting television match official David Grashoff, deemed the tackle worthy of only a penalty in the way of punishment.
“It wasn’t the greatest hit of all time,” said director of rugby McCall.
“Alistair’s on his feet but he’s a bit groggy. I think a penalty on its own could be regarded as a bit lenient.”
Wasps rugby director Dai Young saw it differently, stating: “I thought it was a good tackle.
“First and foremost, we hope the player’s okay because nobody likes to see anybody going off, but the tackle looked okay to me.”
Harlequins showed their strength in depth as they returned to the top a few hours after being overtaken by Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
Full-back Mike Brown, released from the England training squad for the weekend, scored their first try with stand-in players Matt Hopper and Sam Smith also touching down.
Fly-half Nick Evans, back after an ankle injury, provided an instant return on the new three-year contract he signed earlier in the week by kicking 13 points for Quins, who were without England players Chris Robshaw, Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Joe Marler.
Evans’ opposite number Freddie Burns kept fourth-placed Gloucester in contention with six penalties from six attempts before converting a late try by centre Billy Twelvetrees which salvaged a losing bonus point.
Burns and Twelvetrees have been added to the England squad ahead of the QBE autumn international series.
Burns has been called up to replace Harlequins centre Jordan Turner-Hall, who is suffering from an inflamed knee.
Twelvetrees also linked up with the 36-man England squad at Pennyhill Park last night to provide temporary injury cover for Jonathan Joseph, who is carrying an ankle injury.
Leicester ground out an unspectacular victory over fierce local rivals Northampton at Welford Road, winning 16-12.
Late tries from Haydn Thomas and Chris Budgen put the seal on a convincing 33-9 victory for Exeter Chiefs over Worcester.