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Harlequins’ Ross Chisholm not thinking past Exeter Chiefs semi-final

If Harlequins reach the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup they’ll be in familiar surroundings at the Twickenham Stoop but Ross Chisholm is refusing to think that far ahead.

Before the full back can even contemplate the showpiece final his side must see off an in-form Exeter Chiefs side at Sandy Park.

Harlequins went down 36-25 in Devon in the Aviva Premiership Rugby back in September but did record a 29-15 success over the Chiefs at The Stoop in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Both sides reached the semi-finals with three victories from their four pool games although Exeter needed a superior number of tries to pip Ospreys to qualification.

“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves, its great the final is at Twickenham Stoop it’s an arena we would love to play in,” said Chisholm.

“But we won’t have that opportunity unless all our focus is on this weekend.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have played at Sandy Park before and it’s not an easy environment to play in.

“Exeter are in great form at the moment so we will respect them as a side but it’s cup rugby and we’ll give it our best.

“It’s going to be a difficult fixture but cup rugby is different to the Aviva Premiership Rugby which is a really hard 40-odd weeks of the season to grind out.

“We want to play in cup competitions so both teams will be up for it and it should be a great game.”

It was quite a weekend for Harlequins as academy product James Lang held his nerve to kick a late-minute penalty to earn a 30-27 victory over Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm.

And Chisholm is excited to see more young players take their opportunities and earn a chance to feature in final few rounds of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

“James Lang is a great talent, we have a lot of young, talented players like Joe Marchant, Lang and Tim Swiel at ten is not a senior campaigner,” he added.

“It was Nick Evans-esque to knock that kick over in the last minute, he will be a great player.

“The Anglo-Welsh Cup is a great opportunity for guys who don’t normally play to get a run out and to make a name for themselves.

“If the young guys take their opportunity there will be Aviva Premiership Rugby games where they are called upon.

“It’s a full squad effort through the season; more and more people are needed and get called up during the season.”

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