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Marland Yarde wants Harlequins to challenge for trophy double

Harlequins are going to fight tooth and nail to secure both Aviva Premiership Rugby and cup silverware this season according to wing Marland Yarde.

Yarde will be going up against former club London Irish in the Challenge Cup quarter-final this weekend but the England wing isn’t ruling out a push for Aviva Premiership Rugby success as well.

Conor O’Shea’s side are five points behind fourth-placed Leicester Tigers with three rounds of the regular season still to play.

Yarde said: “Until we are mathematically told we cannot get into the top four we are still going to strive for it.

“We want to make that top four, we have seen so far this season anyone can beat anyone on their day.

“We are five points off the top four but if we go to Wembley (against Saracens) and win that game and Leicester drop a game suddenly we are right back in the mix.

“It’s a tight season there’s been lots of ups and downs and there’s been plenty of games we should have won that we haven’t capitalised on.

“Until we are told we are not going to be in that top four the guys are going to fight tooth and nail to make sure we give ourselves the best chance of doing that.”

Harlequins come into this weekend in strong form having put five tries, including one for Yarde on his return from injury, on Newcastle Falcons in a 46-25 win.

With the Stoop outfit turning their attentions to Europe, Yarde has said his decision to join Harlequins from Saturday’s opponents was motivated by a desire to win trophies.

He said: “That’s one of the main reasons I came to this club was because I wanted to win trophies and I’m sure that’s no different to any of the other guys here at the moment.

“It’s a massive occasion and gives us a chance to bring a bit of history to the club and bring more silverware here.

“Winning silverware is what you reflect on at the end of your career. It’s a massive chance for us as a group to go out and perform. It’s knock-out rugby now so there’s no chance to slip up.

“The guys will go out there and express themselves; we are in front of a home crowd so it’s an extra motivation to perform.

“I am sure the guys are looking forward to giving everything on Saturday and giving us the chance to play in the semi-final.”

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