Quins come out on top in high scoring affair

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Updated: September 2, 2012

Harlequins kicked off their defence with a remarkable 42-40 win against London Wasps at Twickenham.

Wasps, who only avoided relegation on the final day of the last regular season, raced into a 40-13 lead after 56 minutes on Saturday with Christian Wade scoring two tries and providing another for Tom Varndell before forwards Marco Wentzel and Tim Payne crossed Quins’ line.

But former All Blacks flyhalf Nick Evans, in his 100th Premiership appearance, scored 22 points in the course of a remarkable rally.

So revitalised were Harlequins, back at the scene of their Premiership final victory over Leicester, they scored four tries and 29 unanswered points in the last quarter of an extraordinary match with their London rivals.

Elsewhere Exeter slammed Sale 43-6 while Bath edged out Worcester 24-23 and Northampton did enough to see off Gloucester 24-19.