Sale Sharks v Harlequins preview

After two thrilling games in the opening two matches of the new Aviva Premiership rugby season, Quins will be disappointed not to have turned such good performances into more points and head to face Sale tomorrow determined to get their first win on the board.

There are a number of changes to the starting line-up which faced Northampton Saints last Saturday at the Stoop.

With Ugo Monye sidelined due to a toe injury, George Lowe moves to the wing and British Lions tourist and summer signing, Ollie Smith, makes his first competitive start for the London side.

Tom Guest will play in the number 8 shirt with the England number 8, Nick Easter, moving to the second row, a move which for this particular match, the Quins Director of Rugby has discussed with Martin Johnson. Ollie Kohn moves to the bench.

In the front row Matt Cairns and James Johnston, who have been sharing the workload with Chris Brooker and Mark Lambert, get the starting call-up.

Sale Sharks have won just one of their last six games in the Premiership: 35-18 over Newcastle at Edgeley Park in round one.
Harlequins only win in their last five Premiership encounters was 35-20 at home to Sale on 8 May.

Quins have not won away from home in the Premiership in 2010.

Harlequins have visited Edgeley Park on seven previous occasions in all competitions and won just once: 19-13 in the Premiership on 19 November 2004.

Looking ahead to Friday’s Aviva Premiership game at home to Harlequins, Sale Sharks Head Coach Mike Brewer said, ”Quins have competed pretty well in their first two matches, particularly against a Northampton team that’s highly rated.


”There are areas in the way that they play that we’ll have to watch, and there are areas that we’ll look to try and exploit. One of the key things for us is our defence, our discipline. They’ve got key players in the 8-9-10 channel with Easter, Care and Evans and they’re strong at the back with Mike Brown.

”We’ve got to stop them playing, and that will be the responsibility of the tight five in the pack. Danny’s a wonderful little player, and I remember Nick as a young guy in New Zealand. The best way to stop a nine and ten playing is to dominate their pack. As a team they work hard for each other.

”We went down to try and beat Sarries and came unstuck. For this week, it’s about getting things right, addressing the issues, learning from the mistakes we made.


”In the Premiership, you don’t have much time to dwell on things. You’ve got address them, correct them, and then put them to bed and move on.”


Match : Sale Sharks v Harlequins
Date : Friday 17th September
Venue : Edgeley Park
Kick off : 7.45pm
Referee: Dave Pearson (145th Premiership game)


Sale Sharks: Paul Williams, Ben Cohen, Chris Bell, Nick Macleod, Mark Cueto, Matty James, Chris Leck , Eifion Lewis Roberts, Marc Jones, Jack Forster, Wame Lewaravu, James Gaskell (Captain), Carl Fearns, David Seymour, Sisa Koyamaibole

Replacements :Neil Briggs, Andrew Sheridan, Aston Croall, Nic Rouse, Kristian Ormsby, Will Cliff , Kyle Tonetti, Tom Brady

Harlequins :15 Mike Brown, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 George Lowe, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Will Skinner, 6 Chris Robshaw (capt), 5 Tomas Vallejos, 4 Nick Easter, 3 James Johnston, 2 Matt Cairns, 1 Ceri Jones.

Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Mark Lambert, 19 Ollie Kohn, 20 Pete Browne, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Gonzalo Camacho.

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