Quins vs Newcastle LV=Cup Semi final preview

Quins fans will be delighted to welcome back Karl Dickson and George Lowe from injury to tomorrow night’s starting line-up, with Gonzalo Camacho returning to the bench

Friday sees Quins turn their attentions back to the LV= Cup and a must win semi-final against Northern rivals, Newcastle Falcons.

It has been a difficult couple of weeks for the London side but the return of these key members to the squad from injury sees the beginning of Quins’ injury problems ease.

The club has seen a number of young players step up and put in some impressive personal performances, showing the spirit within the young squad.

There are a handful of changes to the side that played Newcastle last week. Joe Marler and John Andress link either side of Matt Cairns in the front row, with Ollie Kohn and Pete Browne in the second row. Maurie Fa’asavalu, Will Skinner and Captain Chris Robshaw make up the back row.

The return of Karl Dickson and George Lowe from injury sees Dickson renew his previously successful 9-10 partnership with Rory Clegg and Lowe return to join Jordan Turner-Hall in the centre, allowing Ugo Monye to regain his favoured position on the wing. Tom Williams and Mike Brown retain their positions on the wing and fullback respectively.

A win against Newcastle tomorrow would see Quins in their first final since 2004 and your support is vital. Quins’ impressive home record, which sees the London side undefeated since the first home game of the season, makes the Stoop a daunting prospect for any side so please make sure you have bought your ticket and are ready to be Quins’ 24th man.

Newcastle Falcons head coach Alan Tait has rotated his back division and switched Alex Tait to full-back while Danny Williams and Gcobani Bobo both get a chance to impress on the wing.

The Falcons pack remains strong with New Zealander Brent Wilson retaining his position at flanker.

The Falcons put Harlequins to the sword last week with a 33-18 victory in front of a vocal Kingston Park crowd.

Newcastle centre Luke Eves, believes his side has what it takes to triumph in the capital saying: “We got our tactics pretty much spot-on last Friday, but we will be throwing a few new things in this time round.

“Quins will know a bit more of what we are about, and will have analysed the video of Friday’s game, so we just have to freshen it up and keep them guessing to a certain extent.

“That’s always the case when you play teams back-to-back, and there will be one or two new bits chucked in there just to mix it up.”

Anglo Welsh LV= Cup Semi- final
Match :
Harlequins vs Newcastle Falcons
Date : Friday 11th March
Kick Off : 8pm
Venue : Twickenham Stoop.


Harlequins : 15. Mike Brown , 14. Tom Williams , 13. George Lowe , 12. Jordan Turner Hall , 11. Ugo Monye , 10. Rory Clegg , 9. Karl Dickson, 8. Chris Robshaw,7. Will Skinner ,6. Maurie Fa’asavalu , 5. Pete Browne , 4. Ollie Kohn ,3. John Andress ,2. Matt Cairns , 1. Joe Marler ,

16. Joe Gray , 17. Ceri Jones , 18. Mark Lambert , 19. Tomas Vallejos , 20. Chris York , 21. Dave Moore , 22. Benjamin Urdapilleta , 23. Gonzalo Camacho

Newcastle Falcons:15 Alex Tait , 14 Danny Williams , 13 Luke Eves , 12 James Fitzpatrick , 11 Gcobani Bobo , 10 Jimmy Gopperth , 9 Micky Young, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Brent Wilson , 6 Tim Swinson , 5 Andrew Van der Heijden , 4 James Hudson, 3 Euan Murray , 2 Matt Thompson ,1 Jon Golding

Replacements:16 Rob Vickers , 17 Grant Shiells , 18 Kieran Brookes , 19 Filipo Levi , 20 Mark Wilson , 21 Hall Charlton , 22 Tane Tu’ipulotu , 23 Tom Catterick

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