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Walker knows Harlequins need to be more accurate in attack

Charlie Walker knows Harlequins must begin to finish what they have started, insisting there is no better time to practice what you preach than the present.

Despite dominating possession and territory, Harlequins racking up 67 and 70 per cent respectively in these statistics, Walker and co did not enjoy their night at the Stoop on Saturday as Wasps left with a 23-3 victory.

While Quins seemed to miss chance after chance, they were far more giving at the other end of the pitch, allowing first-half tries for Christian Wade and Joe Simpson, while veteran Andy Goode and Elliot Daly kicked penalties after the break as the visitors cantered to victory.

It means that Harlequins sit third in their European Rugby Champions Cup pool and will require a bonus-point victory at Castres, before waiting on other results to fall their way, if they are to progress as one of the three best runners-up.

And Walker has bad news for Castres fans, admitting Harlequins know exactly what went wrong against Wasps and are determined to set the record straight come Saturday.

“It was a tough night against Wasps,” Walker admitted. “The stats don’t really reflect the game though because we dominated in possession and territory.

“We kept getting into their 22 but we just couldn’t finish off our chances for a number of reasons, but it all boils down to being more clinical and ruthless with our chances.

“We know that and we have already talked this week about how to do that and make sure that what happened on Saturday doesn’t happen again.

“Obviously we have made life harder for ourselves in terms of advancing but all we can do is concentrate on our own game and put all our efforts into that.

“We can’t worry what other people might do and we aren’t going to, because we know what needs fixing from the Wasps game and that is what we are focussing on.”

While things on the pitch didn’t go according to plan for Harlequins this weekend, there was good news off it with a raft of players extending their stay at the Stoop.

The latest of these to put pen to paper were George Merrick and brothers Ross and James Chisholm, and Walker is delighted so many players are proving they are in it for the long haul at Quins.

“We are a young squad and there are a lot of young boys that have really laid a marker down and shown everyone what good players they are,” Walker added.

“Guys who I came through with, the likes of Jack Clifford and Kyle Sinckler, have been playing a fair bit these last few games and have been showing what they can do.

“So it is great news that so many guys have signed new contracts and it really bodes well for the future and this group of players.”

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