Harlequins enjoy routine win as Worcester’s Ben Te’o catches the eye

• Harlequins 36-14 Worcester
• Eddie Jones relieved as six England players come through unscathed

On paper, a nondescript fixture between two sides trying to reach the giddy heights of mid-table; in reality, another nailbiter for the England head coach, Eddie Jones. There are always his notorious training camps to worry about, but this is the last weekend of competitive action for his ever-diminishing stock of players to negotiate before the autumn internationals next month – and here there were six of his squad hoping not to add their names to the sick list.

The initial prognosis is good. No England players left in distress. One – you know who – very nearly left in disgrace, but Joe Marler managed, just, to avoid a second yellow card in the final quarter. Having collected his first in the opening half for collapsing a maul, he got away with cautions in the second for grappling with an opponent on the floor and then shoving another in the back long after the ball had gone. He did not take either lecture like a good boy, either. There is still the air of an unexploded bomb about him.

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