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Preview: Harlequins v Saracens

Preview: Harlequins v Saracens

Conor O’Shea might preach performance over results, but Harlequins winger Tom Williams insists it is only the latter that counts against Saracens on Saturday.

Williams will be hoping to bring up a personal milestone at the Stoop this weekend as he will make his 200th Quins appearance if given the nod.

And he couldn’t ask for a better game to bring up such a milestone as title rivals Saracens come to town.

Last time out in front of their home fans Harlequins went down 13-6 to Northampton Saints, and will be looking to avoid back-to-back home defeats for the first time since February 2010.

However the history books suggest Williams and co face a battle on their hands to avoid it, with Sarries winning on five of their last six visits to Quins.

And it is with this in mind that Williams, who helped Quins get back to winning ways against Worcester last time out, is only targeting the win in front of the BT Sport cameras.

“It’s important to get some momentum, Conor, being the great orator he is always says it’s about performance more than results, but I hate losing,” he said.

“Sarries are in form, they have 15 points on the board from their first three games so it’s going to be tough.

“It’s a funny one, it’s nice to be playing at home in front of your own fans back at The Stoop but last year Saracens spent the majority of the season as nomads and still got results.”

Saracens have made the perfect start to this Aviva Premiership season with three maximum point hauls, their best start to a campaign since they won their opening eight encounters in 2009/10.

No club has ever begun a Premiership season with four bonus point wins and winger David Strettle, who has scored four tries already, knows just how hard it will be to write their names into the record books on Saturday – although that won’t stop him trying.

Strettle said: “Harlequins are a great team and the Stoop is always a tough place to go, even if we have had a pretty good record there in recent years.

“We have started the season well with bonus points in our first three games but we don’t want to stop there, we want to make it four.

“Whenever you play Quins you know they will come with a high tempo and they like to play loads of offloads and get the ball moving and if you don’t stop that then you are in trouble.

“But it is about not worrying about them and more about what you do, you need to impose your game on them and take the game to them which is exactly what we will be trying to do.”

Referee: Martin Fox (94th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey & Andy Watson. TMO: Sean Davey.

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