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Graham wants Harlequins to tighten defence in Singha 7s finals

Harlequins academy coach Howard Graham expects the extra time training with his squad ahead of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series final will improve their defence significantly.

Graham’s charges stormed to three comprehensive wins at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday, scoring 16 tries as they saw off Northampton Saints, Gloucester Rugby and Saracens.
 
And the academy coach is confident there’s more to come from Harlequins after working on the squad’s defensive structure this week in preparation for the showdown in Coventry.
 
“We got together and we are just trying to work on the areas we need to,” Graham said.
 
“I thought we were excellent with ball in hand but we needed to work on our defensive side.
 
“We didn’t have a lot of time together before Friday so we put some basics in place but we were not executing those, it allowed people to step back inside us.
 
“We are trying to sort that out.”
 
The Ricoh Arena will not be a step into the unknown for Harlequins, who played their group stage fixtures of the Singha 7s there last year.
 
They face hosts Wasps in their quarter-final who have called up England wing Christian Wade and last year’s Singha 7s skipper Guy Thompson for the Series Final.
 
“We were there at the Ricoh Arena last year and it was a great atmosphere,” added Graham.
 
“Playing against the hosts first up we are expecting the crowd to be well behind them, but we have a team who can beat any other team on their day.
 
“They have picked a strong squad but we will be in with a shout. Maybe we’ll catch them cold first-up.”

Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. For tickets visit wasps.co.uk/tickets

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