Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins Premiership Preview

Harlequins have announced a team with three changes for this week’s Aviva Premiership clash against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday.

There are three changes to the side that played Northampton Saints last week in the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final.

Tom Williams and Nick Evans return from injury to start on the right wing and fly-half respectively as Ben Botica moves to the replacements. Williams replaces Charlie Walker who injured his ankle last week and is unlikely to play again this season.

Between an unchanged front and back-row, Nick Kennedy starts with Charlie Matthews in place of George Robson who picked up a knock last week.

Among the replacements, Ugo Monye will look to make his first appearance since March after recovering from an injury sustained against Saracens.

Exeter Chiefs need a victory to keep themselves in contention for a European play-off spot, but have won just one of their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches: 38-33 at Worcester Warriors in round 19.

As it stands Harlequins need at least another 6 points to give themselves any chance of a semi-final spot, but results elsewhere could equally have seen them eliminated from the race.

The Londoners have won their last three Premiership matches since their 13-39 reversal to Saracens at Wembley in round 17.

Exeter have won two of their last three fixtures with Harlequins in the Premiership whilst ‘Quins only previous victory at Sandy Park was 11-9 in the Premiership on New year’s Eve 201

Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has freshened up his stock and got one of two more bodies back in the selection mix for this weekend.

Among those returning to the starting line-up include skipper Dean Mumm, Carl Rimmer, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Hoani Tui, the latter of whom is set for pastures new next season in France with newly-promoted Lyon.

The Maori prop, along with Jason Shoemark, Craig Mitchell, James Phillips and Romana Graham, are all departing Devon come the end of the season, but Baxter insists all of them have played their part during their time at the club and a fitting send-off for them would be a final home win.

“We’ve tended to have good games against Harlequins and the players should be excited by it,” he said.

“We’ll talk about it being a big game of Premiership rugby at Sandy Park, it should mean a lot to us and we’ve got to show that. So long as we do that, I’ll be happy.

Match : Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins
Date : Sunday 4 May
Venue : Sandy Park
Kick Off : 2pm
Live on: BT Sport
Match Officials
Andrew Small (104th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege and Peter Huckle.
TMO: Greg Garner.



15 Phil Dollman , 14 Fetu’u Vainikolo , 13 Ian Whitten , 12 Sam Hill , 11 Matt Jess , 10 Gareth Steenson , 9 Dave Lewis, 1 Carl Rimmer , 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie , 3 Hoani Tui , 4 Dean Mumm (capt) , 5 Damian Welch , 6 Dave Ewers , 7 Ben White , 8 Kai Horstmann

Replacements : 16 Jack Yeandle , 17 Craig Mitchell , 18 Alex Brown , 19 James Phillips , 20 James Scaysbrook , 21 Haydn Thomas , 22 Henry Slade , 23 Tom James


15. Mike Brown, 14. Tom Williams, 13. Tim Molenaar, 12. Jordan Turner-Hall, 11. Sam Smith, 10. Nick Evans, 9. Danny Care ,1. Joe Marler, 2. Dave Ward, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Charlie Matthews, 5. Nick Kennedy, 6. Luke Wallace, 7. Chris Robshaw (C), 8. Nick Easter

Replacements :16. Rob Buchanan, 17. Mark Lambert, 18. Paul Dora

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