Fixtures - Top Bar

Wallace: Harlequins will not be changing their ways

Luke Wallace begrudgingly concedes that Harlequins’ top-four hopes are all but over, but despite that disappointment the flanker insists he and his teammates are not about to tear up the script and start again.

Quins currently sit ninth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and, after winning a trophy in every one of Conor O’Shea’s first three full seasons in charge, are now facing a second successive campaign with no silverware.

Indeed between now and the end of the season the Stoop outfit face a real battle just to grab a top-six finish that would grant them top-flight European rugby next season.

Last Friday’s defeat to defending champions Northampton Saints was fairly emblematic of their season as a whole as O’Shea’s troops enjoyed more territory and possession than their rivals but failed to make it count.

And with London Irish next up for Wallace and co, the flanker insists he and his teammates have to stop repeating the same sloppy mistakes that have punctured their season.

“It’s about being accurate, we coughed up the ball way too much against Northampton,” he said. 

“If you do not look after the ball then you are going to get punished while our discipline was a bit off as well, those are the big work-ons for us.

“We have to cut those out, it’s small things and we are playing so well for so much of games but one error is enough. It doesn’t matter if we score within two phases or 22, the important thing is to score and we are not finishing off chances at the moment.

“The confidence is there that when we do things right we can win games, that is the goal for the rest of the season as we try and get into the top six or build momentum for next season.

“I don’t know if mathematically we are already out of the race for the top four but the top six still has to be our goal.

“A club like this has to be in the top European competition, it’s good for us to have something to aim for.”

Harlequins have finished in the top four and made the semi-finals for the last three years in a row but that run looks certain to come to an end in 2015.

Indeed the chasing pack have caught up with Quins this season, and arguably overtaken them with the likes of Exeter Chiefs and Bath Rugby well-placed for tilt at the top four.

But Wallace is adamant the problem lies not with his side’s open attacking game plan, but in their execution of the basics.

“The whole middle to bottom group of teams have really stepped up this season and you can see that by the spread, everything is so close,” added the flanker, who will make his 100th appearance for Quins this weekend – while the London club are also looking to set a new world record for most faces painted in four hours in aid of Comic Relief. 

“A little slip up is a big deal and can cost you three or four spots in the table and then you are playing catch up.

“Throughout the season we have shown that when we get it right we can hurt teams.

“But until we start putting it out on the pitch on a consistent basis we cannot really judge where we are at and we have not managed to do that enough this season.

“This is the way we want to play as a team, we want to go out there and enjoy it and we will be sticking to this in the future.”

Each month Aviva is giving fans their say on who deserves to win the coveted Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month award with the chance to win four tickets to an Aviva Premiership Rugby game of their choice! Become the 10th judge and vote by visiting www.aviva.co.uk/10thjudge open until midnight on Thursday 5 March

Latest News

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor…

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Lions prepared for final warm-up before All Blacks Test

After a crucial victory against the Maori All Blacks, the British & Irish Lions are just a single match away…

Wasps sign Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley

Wasps today confirm the signing of props Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley, while loosehead Tom Bristow is confirmed as leaving…

Paul Doran-Jones

Venter integral to Du Plessis opting to join London Irish

Petrus Du Plessis says Brendan Venter was a key factor in his decision to move to London Irish this summer.…

Fight and spirit shone through despite defeat, says England U20 coach Vass

Head coach Ian Vass hailed his England U20 side’s fight and spirit after they were beaten in the World Rugby…

Match Report: England U20s 17 New Zealand U20s 64

New Zealand ran in ten tries as they overpowered England in the final of the World Rugby Under 20s championship…

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars see home nations complete clean sweep

It’s been a busy weekend of international rugby and there were plenty of stand-out performances from a whole host of…

Supreme England secure series win in Argentina

Will Collier scored the winning try as England secured a hard-fought 2-0 series win against Argentina in another enthralling Test match.…

England name team for World Rugby U20 Championship final

England have named their team for the World Rugby U20 Championship final against New Zealand on Sunday (kick-off 3pm BST,…

Itoje scores vital try as Lions roar past Maori All Blacks

Maro Itoje scored his first British & Irish Lions try as Warren Gatland’s men laid down a marker for the…