sport news Wasps 27-25 Harlequins: Shattered Quins fall inches short of play-offs

Wasps 27-25 Harlequins: Shattered Quins fall inches short of play-off place as James Lang misses last-gasp kick Harlequins came agonisingly close to reaching the play-offs on Saturday After trailing Wasps 24-8, they had a penalty to win the match right at the death But Quins goalkicker James Lang saw his 51-metre penalty fall inches short

By Nik Simon For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:39 BST, 18 May 2019 | Updated: 23:39 BST, 18 May 2019

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Heartbreak all round in Coventry — but Harlequins goalkicker James Lang may take the longest to get over this one.

With time up, Lang had a penalty to book Quins a place in the semi-finals but his 51-metre kick fell inches short.

It was the difference between despair and delight for Quins, who almost overturned a 24-8 deficit in the final quarter.

James Lang watches on as his 51-metre penalty fall inches short for Harlequins on Saturday

James Lang watches on as his 51-metre penalty fall inches short for Harlequins on Saturday

Earlier this year, Quins were eight points clear in fourth place but Lang’s missed kick consigned the Londoners to their sixth defeat in seven games.

‘I didn’t know where to look,’ said distraught Quins coach Paul Gustard. ‘I never thought about finishing fifth. James has got a metronomic boot and the guys backed him to get it.’

Gallagher Premiership semi-finals 

Exeter v Northampton

4.30pm, May 25 at Sandy Park

Saracens v Gloucester

1.30pm, May 25 at Allianz Arena

The games will be televised back-to-back on BT Sport

Premiership final

Sat, June 1, 3pm, Twickenham

Despite emerging victorious on the day, Wasps’ result was not enough to book their place in next season’s Champions Cup.

This was a farewell appearance for

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