NICK Evans suffered a nightmare with the boot as Harlequins lost to Northampton Saints in torrential conditions at The Stoop tonight.
The New Zealander missed four penalties out of six in pouring rain as the visitors got a hold on the conditions better than their hosts.
Evans threw away the chance to put Quins in front when he missed a sixth minute penalty, and Stephen Myler made him pay by kicking Saints in front four minutes later.
Evans fluffed his lines again soon after, and it was Myler's turn to miss next as the first half neared its latter stages, and Evans this time took full advantage by kicking Quins level nine minutes before the break.
The teams went in level at the break, and there was a third missed penalty for Evans immediately after the break, but the Kiwi found his kicking boots again five minutes into the second period to put Quins in front once more.
That was as good as it got for the hosts, with Myler kicking Saints level once more and, just short of the hour mark, Evans notching up a fourth penalty miss of the night.
Things got worse when, with 15 minutes left, James Wilson finally broke the try deadlock by diving over wide on the right after Danny Care's clearance had been charged down near the try line.
Myler converted, and despite some late Quins pressure, the home side, not helped by a yellow card for Nick Easter, went down to their first defeat of the season.