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Preview: Harlequins v London Welsh.

Preview: Harlequins v London Welsh.

Two-try hero Mike Brown is urging Harlequins to improve and fast after needing to stage the biggest comeback in Aviva Premiership history to squeeze past London Wasps on the opening day.

Defending champions Quins found themselves 40-13 down at one point at Twickenham, before scoring 29 unanswered points – including two tries from full-back Brown – to claim a 42-40 victory.

Despite the scare this was Quins’ fourth straight Aviva Premiership win and things look good for this run extending ahead of the visit of London Welsh with Conor O’Shea’s side winning five of their last six at the Stoop.

But Brown believes it won’t be that easy and insists Quins need to put their performance against Wasps well and truly behind them.

"We have massive standards and expectations of ourselves and those weren't met. We won in the end but we've got a lot to work on,” said Brown, who turned 27 on Tuesday.

“We didn't start very well and up to 60 minutes we were pretty flat, didn't get our game going and our defence was non-existent.

"We have got a massive belief in this squad, which showed in the end. We knew once we got a game going we could really push the scoreline.

"All credit to Wasps. They were awesome. If they play like that for the rest of the season, they'll definitely be pushing hard for the top spots but we need to improve before the London Welsh game.”

London Welsh got a tough introduction to life in the Aviva Premiership, going down 38-13 to last year’s runners-up Leicester Tigers at the Kassam Stadium.

But ahead of a tricky trip to the home of the champions Lyn Jones’ side can take solace in that they have not lost an away game since suffering defeat at the hands of the Cornish Pirates on January 29 in the Championship.

The two clubs met twice in National One back in the 2005/06 season, with Harlequins claiming two victories.

And although London Welsh’s baptism of fire continues at the home of the reigning champions, Tom Arscott insists he isn’t concerned about their difficult start to their maiden Aviva Premiership campaign.

“A lot has been said about our tough start against Leicester and then following that up against Harlequins,” the full-back said, fresh from scoring London Welsh’s first-ever Aviva Premiership try in the defeat to Tigers.

“We have been thrown in the deep end for sure but obviously we have to play everyone twice during the season at some point.

“So it doesn’t really make a difference if we play these type of teams in round one or round six.

“We have to perform week in week out in the Aviva Premiership and we learnt a lot of lessons against Leicester and we are keen to shown that against Quins.”

Referee: Luke Pearce (5th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: JP Doyle, Kevin Stewart.

(Twickenham Stoop, 7.45pm)

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