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Preview: Harlequins v Worcester Warriors

Preview: Harlequins v Worcester Warriors

Despite not losing to Worcester Warriors in nine years Harlequins hooker Joe Gray is not counting his chickens ahead of the Dean Ryan’s men visiting the Stoop this weekend.

Worcester have won just one of their last 40 away games – a record going back to 2009 – but Gray believes there are no sure things in the Aviva Premiership.

And, with Harlequins only managing to pick up 13 points in their last six Premiership matches, the 25-year-old wants to make sure his side do not take anything for granted.

Despite this Quins are enjoying an impressive run of form at home and have won their last five games at the Twickenham Stoop.

But Gray is sure that Worcester will be up for the challenge of ending their string of home wins and is calling for his side to avoid complacency and secure all four points.

“There are no easy games any more. This week we have got Worcester and they, like the other teams, will try and do us over,” he said.

“We can’t take our foot off the pedal against Worcester, especially as they are searching for their first win.

“They have got some old Harlequins boys who would love to stick one to us and beat us on Saturday. They are physical on the pitch, play at a good tempo and will look to throw us off our game.

“We know that they will be trying to get stuck into us and stop our game. They will know how we play and our style so they will be trying to stop us up front.

“Worcester played really well against Leicester and Northampton for the most parts.

“They've not won any games but they've been close in the games right until the last part of the games, so it might take 75 minutes to break them down and win, so we won't be complacent.”

Warriors currently sit bottom of the Premiership with 37 points separating them from their opponents this weekend.

They are without a win in this season’s competition and have won just two games in all competitions since this time last year – against Cardiff the LV= Cup in November and at home to Oyonnax in the European Challenge Cup in January.

However, despite this run of form lock Mike Williams believes his team have been playing better than the results might suggest.

The 22-year-old South African joined Warriors this season and is determined to help his side get a win under their belt.

"We have been putting in really good performances against the top teams but have failed to replicate that against teams we have a chance of beating,” he said.

"The results have obviously been disappointing but everyone is trying to keep confidence high and there are a great bunch of boys here."  

(The Twickenham Stoop, 3pm)

Referee: Wayne Barnes (133rd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank & Peter Huckle. TMO: Sean Davey

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