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Marchant relishing home crowd at Singha 7s final on Friday

Joe Marchant says Harlequins are relishing the prospect of lifting the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s trophy on home soil after booking their spot at next week’s final.

Quins scraped through Group C at the Ricoh Arena as they narrowly edged out Saracens and Northampton Saints to the second final berth – Wasps taking top spot.

It was a poor start to the evening for Marchant and co as they were downed 40-14 by a Christian Wade inspired Wasps before losing 24-17 to Sarries.

But a solid 26-12 win over Northampton Saints in their final match in Coventry was enough to seal their progress and they will now get the chance to go for the top prize at Twickenham Stoop on August 28.

And skipper Marchant says he can't wait hear the roar of the Stoop crowd as his side look to go all the way.

“Bring on for next week at the Stoop, it was really nice for me and I enjoyed it and at the Stoop hopefully we will have a sell out there,” he said.

“It was nice to get the leadership but we are talkers on the pitch anyway in sevens and it's just the one who runs out the tunnel first but it was nice to get the experience.

“It will be quality to get the chance to be skipper as well. I've played a few sevens competitions for Quins and they are great and the crowd go mad so hopefully we will see plenty of Quins jerseys.

“It's great to be part of the Singha 7s and play against great players and it will be class to be able to run out at the Stoop.

“The guys will really relish playing at the Stoop and we will get the buzz of the crowd and to be able to go out and win that title would be great.

“The Stoop has a great vibe so hopefully they will all get behind us and hopefully this year will be the one.”
With the likes of Wade and Elliot Daly on show at the Ricoh it was a chance for Quins' young guns to sample the big time and Marchant believes the experience of playing in the Singha 7s could prove vital in the future.

“It's great to play against guys like Christian Wade and Elliot Daly because they are well respected players and it's good to show what we can do against them,” he added.

“We have got some great players at Quins and hopefully this can help me break through but at the moment I am just looking to learn and develop.”

Final Standings

1. Wasps
2. Harlequins
3. Saracens
4. Northampton Saints

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final is at the Twickenham Stoop on 28 August. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children from http://bit.ly/1hvtNOp

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