By Nik Simon For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 23:39 BST, 18 May 2019 | Updated: 23:39 BST, 18 May 2019
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
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.’
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