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Preview: Harlequins v Sale Sharks

Preview: Harlequins v Sale Sharks

Marland Yarde insists Harlequins are riding the crest of a wave and that momentum will prove unstoppable against Sale Sharks at the Stoop on Friday night.

Quins went to the Rec last weekend and claimed victory for the first time in four years – thanks in large parts to the unerring kicking of Nick Evans who racked up 28 points.

Victory over Bath means Quins have won two and lost one of their opening three Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters and currently sit fourth in the table.

And with Sale coming to the Stoop on Friday night in front of the BT Sport cameras – Yarde is adamant that the disappointments of last season are already behind them.

“The spirit in the camp is very high at the moment. Bath is a very hard place to go and get a result but we won’t be resting on our laurels and getting too far ahead of ourselves, that’s for sure,” he said. 

“We know it’s a very long season and the trick now is going back to the Stoop and backing up that performance with another good result.

“The guys are working very hard in training, it’s not easy when there’s just a six-day turnaround and so we need to get ourselves physically ready for what is going to be another very big challenge on Friday night.

“We love playing at the Stoop and we can’t wait to get out there and produce a good performance and more importantly a good performance for our fans.” 

Sale Sharks have won their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, at home to Worcester and Northampton Saints, but away from home have won only once in the competition since November: 52-12 at London Welsh in February.

Furthermore, Quins have only lost once to Sharks in their last nine league encounters and with a six-day turnaround it does not bode well for Sale.

But Will Addison – a try scorer last time out as the Sharks beat the Saints – is adamant his side are ready to head south and do the job.

“Probably from the outside looking in, it might look like a big impact,” he said. 

“With the way we performed on the weekend, it allows us to focus on one day’s worth of training as that’s all we had time for this week so the first two days are about getting the bodies right and then we can focus on a short period, as we’re almost going from one performance straight into the next.

“Attitude-wise it’s really good, it gives us a sort of advantage as we’re not slogging it throughout the week and we’re really focused on exactly what we need to do and that’s probably playing into our hands a little bit.”

Twickenham Stoop, 7.45pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (98th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Matthew Carly & Ashley Rowden. TMO: Sean Davey.

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