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Preview: Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons

Preview: Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons

Both sides will be adopting a cup final mentality this weekend as Harlequins prepare to take on Newcastle Falcons, but winger Tim Visser insists with the Twickenham Stoop crowd behind them, the London side fancy themselves against anyone.

Harlequins have won just one of their last five Aviva Premiership Rugby matches – 35-28 at home to Bath Rugby in round 16 – and after failing to score a try last time out at home, will be desperate to avoid a repeat in front of their own fans.

Despite a dip in their results of late, Conor O’Shea’s men are still in line for a top-six finish in Aviva Premiership Rugby, and Visser is determined to deliver in the Irishman’s last season at the helm.

“We are in a position now where we have to win every week and every game is a cup final,” he said.

“Conor has done so much for the club it is fitting that we leave him with something; whether that is in Europe or in Aviva Premiership Rugby, we will do so by any means possible.

“Newcastle have some good players, they will be up for a fight, are full of determination and character. They have showed that this season and have turned over a lot of teams at Kingston Park.

“We are by no means taking them lightly, but we are at the Stoop to win and to take as many points as possible.”

Newcastle Falcons have lost their last five matches since beating Northampton Saints in round 13, and indeed have not won away from home in any competition in over a year.

But despite that statistic, their recent record over their hosts is good after two straight victories over Quins, and Alex Tait insists if they hit their straps on Saturday they are more than capable of recording only their second-ever Aviva Premiership Rugby double over the Londoners.

He said: Obviously it’s going to be a really tough game at Quins. They have a couple of boys back from international duty which gives them some extra quality too, but their form isn’t fantastic at the minute.

“Every game at the minute is a bit of a cup final for us, so we’ll be firing for them from the first whistle.

“So if we can go down there and get our accuracy right, front up, and defend well I’m sure we can be competitive as we have some threats going forward.

“We haven’t won away from home for a long time, but we have a couple more bites of the cherry this season so we’d like to go down there and pick one up.”
Twickenham Stoop, 3pm
Referee: Matthew Carly (43rd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson & Kelvin Stewart. TMO: Rowan Kitt.

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