Fixtures - Top Bar

Swiel backs Harlequins to cope without England stars

Harlequins fly-half Tim Swiel believes that his side possess the quality and leadership to thrive on their return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action this weekend, despite missing a host of key players on international duty.

Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Quins skipper Joe Marler all played an influential role in England’s momentous 21-16 victory over Wales on Friday, with Nick Easter also involved as a replacement.

But while the English contingent will be spending this week plotting the downfall of Italy at Twickenham, Harlequins are hoping to continue their impressive Aviva Premiership Rugby form when they travel to play Wasps on Sunday.

And Swiel, whose late try against Leicester Tigers secured a bonus-point win in the last round of fixtures, insists his team will not be fazed by the number of big names unavailable at the Ricoh Arena.  

“The guys have clear minds now and we are still on a good run from the last few Aviva Premiership Rugby games, so if we can maintain that in the next few weeks we will stand ourselves in good stead in the table,” said Swiel, whose side will be looking for a third successive league win.

“The team is looking forward to being back in league action, and obviously the England boys aren’t with us but we have done well without them in the past so we are looking to replicate that.

“There are some great Quins players who play for England, but with them gone there are some good leaders still here, and they can help carry us through.

“There are five points between a clutch of teams in the table, so you are only one win away from the top four really.

“We have to keep our heads down, work hard and push through without the England boys.”

The side from the Stoop will line up against Wasps for the fourth time this season, having won two of the three encounters to date.

But following a 23-3 European defeat to Wasps last month, the South African No.10 understands the importance of providing a fresh performance at the weekend.

“In the technical aspects of the game we do know each other pretty well since the beginning of the season,” Swiel added.

“We need a variation in our game, you can’t expect to just run from behind your goal line, so we have looked at that.

“Having said that, we like to play with the Quins style, which is an enterprising brand of rugby, and hopefully that can carry us through.” 

Get 20 per cent off a limited number of tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Visit http://www.tickethour.co.uk/premierrugby/ to take advantage of this great offer.

 

Latest News

Match Report: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Seven years after kicking Exeter Chiefs into Aviva Premiership Rugby, skipper Gareth Steenson proved once again that ice runs through…

HITZ learning academy gear up for the Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Around 30 young people from across the country will be at this afternoon’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham to…

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: Review of the finalists’ most recent head-to-heads

Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final sees table-toppers Wasps face off against second-placed Exeter Chiefs, in what promises to be a…

Six things to look out for in this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

After nearly nine months of intense competition, the fate of the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy comes down to 80 minutes…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Courtney Lawes revealed that he overcame illness to put in another man-of-the-match performance in Northampton Saints’ European Rugby Champions Cup…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Northampton Saints pulled off a stunning comeback victory to upset Stade Francais and secure European Champions Cup rugby for next…

Thomas Waldrom out to finish the job with Exeter Chiefs

Thomas Waldrom is ready to put the seal on a season of hard graft by helping Exeter Chiefs to lift…

Thomas Waldrom

Key moments of the season for our Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists

After two frantically-contested semi-finals, excitement is building for what will surely be a thrilling Aviva Premiership Rugby Final between Wasps…

Exeter Chiefs side to face Wasps in the Aviva Premiership Final

It was seven years today that Exeter Chiefs finally arrived at English rugby’s top table. On a wet and wild…

Olly Woodburn

Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership Final

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his Wasps’ side for the Aviva Premiership Final against Exeter Chiefs, at Twickenham…

Josh Bassett and Willie Le Roux

Sean Maitland signs contract extension with Saracens

Saracens are delighted to announce that Scotland international Sean Maitland has signed a contract extension with the Club. Capped 28…

Sean Maitland

Ashley Johnson ready for daunting Twickenham final challenge

Wasps might have finished the Aviva Premiership Rugby season top of the table but hooker Ashley Johnson believes they will…

Netani Talei retires from rugby

Harlequins back-row Netani Talei has today (Thursday 25th May) announced that he will retire from the game following medical advice.…

Netani Talei

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – safety of supporters

The safety of our supporters is of upmost importance to Premiership Rugby. As a result, we have been working for…

Win a Citizen Watch and a ball signed by this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby champions

Celebrating being the Official Timekeeper of Premiership Rugby, Citizen are offering you the chance to win a Citizen Watch up…

England Squad Announced to Play in Old Mutual Wealth Cup Against the Barbarians

Eddie Jones has named his England squad to play in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup against the Barbarians on Sunday…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Final

Russell Hargreaves looks ahead to Wasps versus Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham, for the right to be called the 2017 champions…

Increased security measures at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night

Northampton Saints has announced that there will be increased security measures at Friday’s European Rugby Champions Cup qualification play-off against…

Franklins Gardens