Warriors call on their big guns for Harlequins

Back row ace Netani Talei is set to make his 50th appearance for Worcester Warriors as boss Mike Ruddock recalls his senior stars for the Guinness Premiership clash with Harlequins at Sixways Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Fijian international Talei is one of ten changes from the team that defeated Olympus Rugby XV Madrid last weekend as Warriors look to defend an unbeaten home record in the domestic competition.


Full back Chris Latham and centre Sam Tuitupou, who will line up alongside Scottish call-up Alex Grove, return in the backline and Ryan Powell and Willie Walker will join forces at half back.


Hooker Aleki Lutui and fit-again prop Tevita Taumoepeau are back in the front row while Greg Rawlinson, Tom Wood, Talei and skipper Pat Sanderson also win recalls in the pack.


Ruddock said: “I expect a very physical encounter against Harlequins. What we have got to do is be prepared for that big onslaught early on. We have got to meet that head on and try to nullify it.


“We have been able to freshen up a number of the players in recent weeks and we have got to use some of that power to show muscle up front, as that will be a key area.


“The battle of the breakdown will be massive and we have got to restrict the amount of ball that the backline of Harlequins gets, as it is a very dangerous one.

 

“We have got to stop them starting well and keep the pressure on them.”

Warriors vs Harlequins


15 Chris Latham, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Willie Walker, 9 Ryan Powell,1 Adam Black, 2 Aleki Lutui, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 5 Craig Gillies, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Pat Sanderson (c), 8 Netani Talei


Replacements, 16 Callum Black, 17 Chris Fortey, 18 Jack Gilding, 19 Will Bowley, 20 James Collins, 21 Jonny Arr, 22 George Crook, 23 Calum MacRae

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