If the desire to keep hold of their first-ever Aviva Premiership title wasn’t motivation enough for Harlequins, George Robson believes two stalwarts notching up landmarks against Worcester Warriors will give them an added incentive.
After suffering a mini blip that saw Quins lose three league games on the bounce, the defending champions got back on track on Saturday with a 23-9 victory over Bath Rugby at The Stoop.
This means that Quins’ play-off charge is back in business with the club sitting third with just two games left – the first of which sees them travel to Worcester on Saturday.
But while the game will have connotations in the Race to Twickenham with the Aviva Premiership Final taking place on May 25, it also will be one to remember for Nick Easter and James Johnston who will make their 200th and 100th appearances for the club respectively.
And Robson is eager to mark the occasion in style with another important victory.
“This weekend we have got two players reaching landmarks in Nick Easter and James Johnston and they are important,” he said.
“They have been loyal servants to the club and we want to reward them for their great service.
“Worcester will be a tough game, it is their last home game and they will want to put in a performance for their fans and get a result and we are going to have to work hard.
“It will be Andy Goode's last game at home and they have great players and they play a lot more attacking rugby now.
“Worcester are in an interesting place and they will want to be playing well and we have to make sure we do our job and control everything we can.”
The Warriors have been sat in ninth place in the Aviva Premiership table since round nine, despite having won just one of their last nine league games – when they downed London Wasps 29-23 on March 1.
And Quins have won their last eleven Aviva Premiership encounters with Worcester since the Warriors 15-9 victory at The Stoop in February 2005.
But James Percival is eager to change all that as he goes up against one of his former clubs.
“Whenever you go up against one of your former clubs you always have that added incentive to want to do well,” said Percival, who saw Richard Hill replaced as director of rugby by Dean Ryan this week,
“I still have friends at the club but I want to get the win for Worcester and finish the season on a high.”
Referee: Martin Fox (89th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix & Stuart Terheege.