Harlequins v Worcester Warriors Premiership Preview

Harlequins host Worcester Warriors at the Twickenham Stoop

 

Harlequins have named a team with one change to play Worcester Warriors at The Stoop in Round 17 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.

There is just one change to the squad that played Bath Rugby last week. Sam Twomey starts in the second row, with Charlie Matthews named among the replacements.

Twomey replaces George Merrick who picked up a knock last week.

Harlequins last five encounters in Aviva Premiership Rugby have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst ‘Quins only defeat at Twickenham Stoop in any competition since last May was 23-27 to Northampton Saints on 6th February.

Worcester Warriors have won three of their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters but have not won three in a row in the competition since March 2007, whilst the last time that the Warriors achieved back-to-back away wins in the tournament was at the turn of the New Year 2006/07.

Harlequins have won their last 15 fixtures against Worcester in Premiership Rugby, with the Warriors only two victories both coming in their debut Premiership season of 2004/05.

The Midlanders most recent victory at Twickenham Stoop was 23-22 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November 2007.

Worcester have named Tom Biggs to make his first appearance since January in the only change to Dean Ryan’s side for the clash.

Biggs joins Bryce Heem and Chris Pennell in the back three while Ryan Mills and Wynand Olivier continue their midfield partnership.

Francois Hougaard, who has played every minute of his first four appearances for the Club, is due to start again at scrum-half where he’ll link-up with stand-off Tom Heathcote.

In the front row, Val Rapava Ruskin and Nick Schonert are joined by Niall Annett, who keeps his place at hooker with Jaba Bregvadze still on international duty with Georgia.

The experienced Donncha O’Callaghan continues to partner Darren Barry in the second row while Phil Dowson, Carl Kirwan and skipper GJ van Velze occupy the back row.

Director of Rugby Ryan said: “We’re pleased with the success we’ve had in recent weeks and it’s given the lads a boost., , “I’ve not been unhappy with the way the lads are playing but when you can’t get the win at the end of the game it can be difficult.

“So I’m pleased the lads have held their nerve. They’ve kept playing and they’ve got their reward at the end.

“The fact that we’ve got some results has made the season a bit easier for us because it is a relentless turnaround from week to week.”

Match : Harlequins v Worcester Warriors
Date : Saturday 19 March
Venue : Twickenham Stoop,
Kick Off : 3pm
Live on: N.A
Match Officials
Referee :Craig Maxwell-Keys (15th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick & Simon McConnell.
TMO: Keith Lewis.

Teams

Harlequins

15. Ross Chisholm, 14. Charlie Walker, 13. George Lowe, 12. Harry Sloan, 11. Henry Cheeseman, 10. Ben Botica, 9. Karl Dickson, 8. Nick Easter, 7. Luke Wallace, 6.Mat Luamanu, 5. Sam Twomey, 4. James Horwill (C), 3. Kyle Sinckler, 2. Dave Ward, 1. Mark Lambert

Replacements :16. Joe Gray, 17. Owen Evans, 18. Will Collier, 19. Charlie Matthews, 20. James Chisholm, 21. Tito Tebaldi, 22. Joe Marchant, 23. Ollie Lindsay-Hague

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Phil Dowson, 7 Carl Kirwan, 8 GJ van Velze (C)

Replacements, 16 Ben Sowrey, 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga, 18 James Johnston, 19 Dan Sanderson, 20 Sam Betty, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Andy Symons

 

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