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Harlequins back rower Tom Guest is determined to bounce back from last week’s 22-12 home defeat at the hands of Saracens by heaping further pressure on London Irish boss Brian Smith this weekend at the Madejski Stadium.

2012 Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins have suffered an indifferent start to the new campaign, narrowly seeing off London Wasps on the opening day of the season, before losing at home against Northampton Saints and Sarries, while also winning at struggling Worcester Warriors.  

All four of Harlequins’ encounters this season have been won by the nominated away side on the day, in fact Quins’ away form since the tail end of the 2011/12 season has seen them record only five defeats in their last 20 trips in all competitions.

Harlequins have also won their last five encounters with the Exiles in all tournaments since London Irish beat their visitors 15-9 at Madejski Stadium in the Aviva Premiership in February 2011.

London Irish, who saw a number of high-profile departures in the summer, have won just once in the Aviva Premiership this season and Guest is determined to add to that misery at the weekend.  

“We have looked on the areas that need improving after the Sarries game and we have worked on them in training and we are ready to put it right against London Irish,” said Guest.

“London Irish always give us a tough game no matter where they are in the league so we aren’t taking them lightly by any means.

“They are trying to play a good brand of attacking rugby and they have some very dangerous players in their back-line, which means we can’t switch off at all.

“It is always a battle against them and last year was a bit nervy with Tom Casson’s late try so we will be going in focused and switched on and I am sure it will be an exciting game for the neutral.”

London Irish have won just one Aviva Premiership rugby match this season: 20-18 away at Worcester in round two.

But Kieran Low insists, despite the Exiles slow start to the new campaign, they have nothing to fear from perennial Aviva Premiership title challengers Harlequins.
“Harlequins came here last season and robbed us so we are out for some revenge,” said Low.

“We definitely will have that in the back of our minds but we know what sort of threat they bring with their offloading game.

“We will need to be at our best but if we want to be challenging up the table and not looking back then the home form is key.

“This is a game we have to be looking to get a win in and hopefully we can start to push on because a good start to the season is so important.”

Harlequins back rower Tom Guest is determined to bounce back from last week’s 22-12 home defeat at the hands of Saracens by heaping further pressure on London Irish boss Brian Smith this weekend at the Madejski Stadium.

2012 Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins have suffered an indifferent start to the new campaign, narrowly seeing off London Wasps on the opening day of the season, before losing at home against Northampton Saints and Sarries, while also winning at struggling Worcester Warriors.  

All four of Harlequins’ encounters this season have been won by the nominated away side on the day, in fact Quins’ away form since the tail end of the 2011/12 season has seen them record only five defeats in their last 20 trips in all competitions.

Harlequins have also won their last five encounters with the Exiles in all tournaments since London Irish beat their visitors 15-9 at Madejski Stadium in the Aviva Premiership in February 2011.

London Irish, who saw a number of high-profile departures in the summer, have won just once in the Aviva Premiership this season and Guest is determined to add to that misery at the weekend.  

“We have looked on the areas that need improving after the Sarries game and we have worked on them in training and we are ready to put it right against London Irish,” said Guest.

“London Irish always give us a tough game no matter where they are in the league so we aren’t taking them lightly by any means.

“They are trying to play a good brand of attacking rugby and they have some very dangerous players in their back-line, which means we can’t switch off at all.

“It is always a battle against them and last year was a bit nervy with Tom Casson’s late try so we will be going in focused and switched on and I am sure it will be an exciting game for the neutral.”

London Irish have won just one Aviva Premiership rugby match this season: 20-18 away at Worcester in round two.

But Kieran Low insists, despite the Exiles slow start to the new campaign, they have nothing to fear from perennial Aviva Premiership title challengers Harlequins.

“Harlequins came here last season and robbed us so we are out for some revenge,” said Low.

“We definitely will have that in the back of our minds but we know what sort of threat they bring with their offloading game.

“We will need to be at our best but if we want to be challenging up the table and not looking back then the home form is key.

“This is a game we have to be looking to get a win in and hopefully we can start to push on because a good start to the season is so important.”

Referee: David Rose (115th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Kevin Stuart & Roger Baileff. TMO: David Sainsbury.

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