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Quins secure Amlin glory

Harlequins qualified for the Heineken Cup next season in dramatic fashion as they won the Amlin Challenge Cup for a record third time yesterday.

Wing Gonzalo Camacho's 76th-minute try, converted by Nick Evans, inched Quins home at Cardiff City Stadium. Stade looked to have done enough through four Lionel Beauxis penalties and drop-goals from centre Mathieu Bastareaud and full-back Martin Rodriguez.

But Quins conjured a special finish as prop Joe Marler and scrum-half Danny Care completed the hard yards for Camacho to cross and hand Evans his match-winning chance.

Evans earlier kicked four penalties for a 14-point haul, and Stade now need Northampton to win today's Heineken Cup final against Leinster in the Welsh capital.

If Saints topple the favourites and become England's first European champions since 2007, then Stade will join Quins in the Heineken Cup next term. But a Leinster triumph would send Connacht through instead.

Irish Independent