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Maro Itoje's incredible 16-month, 31-game winning run finally came to an end today

Saracens and England’s one-man engine room finally ran low on diesel.

21-YEAR-OLD Maro Itoje has had a hell of a year.

The powerful lock helped England to a Grand Slam, a summer tour whitewash in Australia and was also a major factor in Saracens’ European and domestic double.

Harlequins v Saracens - Aviva Premiership - Twickenham Stoop Itoje rises to claim a line-out at the Stoop. Source: Paul Harding

Today though, he got a taste of what it’s like to be a regular rugby player again. After winning all 31 games he started between May 2015 and yesterday, and all 26 games he started for club and country last season, Harlequins got the better of Sarries with tries from Tim Visser and Charlie Walker in a 17 – 10 win at the Stoop today.

Harlequins v Saracens - Aviva Premiership - Twickenham Stoop Source: Paul Harding

The venue was actually the scene of Itoje’s last defeat too – as a replacement in January – and a repeat was already on the cards at half-time as John Kingston’s ‘Quins took a 17 – 0 lead into the break.

Richard Wigglesworth crossed in the second half for the champions, but they were unable to break down the home defence a second time.

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