Harlequins centre Joe Marchant believes his side can bounce back after their Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat to champions Saracens at Wembley Stadium when they host Exeter Chiefs on Friday evening.
Marchant lamented Quins’ error count during their 40-19 defeat at ‘Derby Day’, and urged his side to get back to playing their way when they take on the high-flying Chiefs.
Rob Baxter’s men are seeking to become just the second team in Aviva Premiership Rugby history to secure six consecutive bonus-point victories, but Marchant is focused on his side rather than the record-chasing Chiefs.
And the 20-year-old product of the Quins Academy has relished playing alongside such an experienced back division at the London-based side, including the likes of former All Black Nick Evans and England international Mike Brown.
“It has been really good this year and I have been learning loads from Jamie Roberts as well as all of the back line really – there is so much experience in there,” said Marchant.
“I think we need to stop our unforced errors and our handling errors, we need to be more accurate.
“If we want to be real contenders we need to make sure that we keep the ball for longer and make sure that we are doing something with it when we do have it.
“It was obviously a bit disappointing to lose in such an amazing stadium against such a good team, but I think all the boys learned lots of lessons. We just made too many mistakes that cost us.”
Harlequins’ sparkling home form has ensured they are still in the hunt for a semi-final spot having lost just one home fixture in Aviva Premiership Rugby this term; a 27-18 defeat to Leicester Tigers in Round 16.
And Marchant believes the Twickenham Stoop faithful will be crucial when second-placed Chiefs visit, looking to pile the pressure on league-leaders Wasps.
“The crowd has been unbelievable this year, they have been getting us through it and when we are winning you can definitely hear them and they make a real difference,” said Marchant.
“We just need to play the way we play and hopefully I can get my hands on the ball. If we have a fluid game then it should be an exciting one.
“We are just thinking one game at a time and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves with three games left. We are focused on Exeter firstly and want to get a win and then move on.”
Match Officials v Exeter Chiefs
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Refs: JP Doyle and Paul Dix
TMO: Sean Davey
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