You might say that Sarries “out-quinned” the home side as Quins, never the best of starters, racked up an early 14 point lead with 2 scores from Cadan Murley, whilst Sarries mounted the second half comeback – normally the operational pattern of Quins.
In the early exchanges Tommaso Allan made light of the RFU imposition to withhold Marcus Smith (and Danny Care).
I felt that Quins missed Andre Esterhuizen more – he was on duty for the Springboks in the Challenge Cup against the Pumas in Buenos Aires.
Sarries had no selection restrictions imposed on them and were able to field their full compliment of England internationals – Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Jamie George and both the Vunipolas.
Gradually the Quins lead was reduced as Alex Dombrandt came off injured and then Joe Marler, Quins already having lost Will Collier.
I enjoyed seeing ex-Quin Hugh Tizzard’s run halted by the elbow of Owen Farrell but it was of little consolation as in the second half Quins could not get the ball out of their own half.
It was good to see Will Evans, who last played in the Premiership-winning side two years ago, back as flanker but if we are going to be contenders we also need Smith, Care and Esterhuizen back.