Leicester Tigers chased down a 14-point deficit to earn a 30-30 draw against Harlequins at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
Echoing the outcome of Big Game 1 back in 2008, Tigers and Quins shared the points and the six tries in Round 7 of the Gallagher Premiership season at Big Game 12.
Two penalties for George Ford, with the Tigers pack having much the better of the set-piece tussles, put the visitors 6-3 in front before Quins found a breakthrough from centre Paul Lasike around the half-hour and they led 13-6 at the break.
An opportunist score from Kyle Eastmond provided a lifeline early in the second half, only for Quins to add two of their own to lead by 14 points before the hour mark.
But then a try for Jordan Taufua – his second in successive matches – got Tigers back into it once more and Telusa Veainu scored to tie the scores on 73 minutes.
Tigers, in their alternate fluoro-red kit, received kick-off but they were three points down in the opening five minutes after Marcus Smith kicked a penalty following a high tackle.
Just moments later, Quins were forced into an early change when Michele Campagnaro pulled up as Kyle Eastmond blocked his progress near halfway and there was a lengthy pause as the Italian received treatment and then left the field to be replaced by Gabriel Ibitoye.
The game restarted with a scrum and then a penalty award to Tigers. As Ford kicked down the left touchline, Calum Green took the lineout catch and the whistle went again, allowing Ford to kick the scores level.
Tigers also made a change after a collision between Ford and Sione Kalamafoni chasing a chip from Danny Care ended with the big Tongan leaving the field, with Tommy Reffell on from the bench.
Sam Lewis made a timely tackle to take Niki Goneva into touch 30 metres out and then charged down a Care box-kick before two more scrums brought two more penalties.
But there was little flow to the game as the whistle went again, this time for a high tackle on Tom Youngs, and Ford made it 6-3 with a 40-metre kick on 25 minutes.
Lewis was back in action at the other end as he won the race to a kick through from Care. But the resulting scrum brought the breakthrough score for the hosts, Care passing short for centre Lasike to barge his way over. Smith’s kick made it 10-6.
The young fly-half added a penalty on 35 minutes after Adam Thompstone’s good work in defence stalled one attack only for the Tigers backline to be found offside 15 metres out.
Tigers ended the half attacking through phases on the Quins 22 until spilled ball in a central position allowed Care to kick out and end the opening period.
Ford got the second half started and four minutes later, Eastmond read a Harlequins offload from Kyle Sinckler and ran 50 metres to score. Ford’s conversion levelled the scores at 13-13.
Sinckler quickly responded with a dangerous charge on the right and Quins kept the ball through phases in attack before hooker Elia Elia was held up over the tryline after Ben Youngs made a vital tackle out wide.
But, as in the first half when they were denied initially but scored from the scrum, this time they used space out to the right for Smith to find his way to the tryline. The fly-half added the extras for a 20-13 lead on 50 minutes.
A counter-attack from Chisholm in broken field threatened until Ford ripped ball in contact with Jonny May tacking hard in defence.
Reffell made an important intervention when Chisholm broke again and Dan Cole’s work on the floor then knocked ball loose as Care threatened again.
Noel Reid and Tatafu Polota-Nau entered the action from the bench as tryscorer Eastmond and skipper Tom Youngs made way on 54 minutes, but it was only another minute before a crucial score for Chris Robshaw to the right of the posts pushed Quins further in front. Smith added another conversion with his team 27-13 in front.
Two more scrum penalties gave Tigers field position down the left and this time, after Lavanini’s lineout take, the forwards barged through with Taufua applying the final touch for the try. Ford added a nice conversion to bring it back to a one-score game at 27-20 with 20 minutes to go.
Tigers, though, gave away a penalty after a fumble at the restart and Smith’s penalty made it six from six attempts at goal and a 10-point lead.
Ellis Genge made a big carry back upfield and, when Quins were whistled for offside, Ford kicked a 35-metre penalty to make it 30-23.
Strong work from Taufua and Reffell in defence wrapped up Quins ball and gave Tigers put-in at another scrum which ended with another whistle and a yellow card for home prop Will Collier after a warning from referee Matthew Carley.
Tigers, though, spilled ball as they caught the lineout just inside Quins territory and the game restarted with a scrum, though Quins had to call for a front-row replacement in Collier’s absence and leave the backline a man short.
The referee continue to wrestle with the front rows at scrum-time, but eventually Tigers made use of a big push and a penalty advantage to release Veainu to score, latching on to Ford’s chip kick. The England fly-half added the kick to level the scores at 30-30 entering the last 10 minutes.
With the clock ticking into the final two minutes, Quins threatened the line chasing a bonus-point score and inched closer and closer before finally losing ball five metres out with Tigers flying into their tackles.
Tigers safely won ball from the scrum on their own line and Ben White kicked out 25 metres upfield. There was still work to do at the lineout, but the visiting pack wrapped up maul ball to bring the final whistle and some reward for the day's efforts.