Friday, 12th April 2019 @ 21:00
Harlequins fullback - and record try scorer - Mike Brown looks ahead to Saturday's crucial Gallagher Premiership match against Northampton Saints at The Stoop (kick-off 15:00).
With just four rounds left in the Gallagher Premiership regular season, fourth-placed Harlequins and a host of chasing teams - including Saints - are looking to secure their place in this year's play-offs. Fullback Brown, who's featured 20 times for Quins this term, knows full well the importance of this match and the implications it has on post season ambitions.
"In this league, every game is a big game and, for us, our next game is our biggest game," Brown began. "We're under no illusions of where we are in the season, where we are in the table and who we're playing this week, which makes it massive; it's probably our biggest game to date this season.
"If we want to progress and be in contention to win things this season, this weekend is massive for us. It's one we're excited about and one we can't wait to come around."
Premiership Rugby Cup winners Northampton Saints have won just two of their last five league matches, but Brown is aware of their attacking threats with Chris Boyd's side putting up some impressive scores across the three competitions available this season.
"They've obviously got that monster winger [Taqele Naiyaravoro], he is an absolute beast and unfortunately I'll probably be the one to come up against him, being the edge defender!
"They've got a brilliant back row with [Tom] Wood and Teimana [Harrison] and a strong pack all in all, with some dangerous players out wide. Their attackers looked very good over the last few weeks so we need to make sure our defence is watertight like it was last week against Sale, cut out the discipline errors so we don't give them easy outs and easy momentum in the game.
"We've shown when we've got the ball, we've got quality players throughout the team who can make things happen."
Despite defeat in Round 18 against Sale Sharks, Brown's fourth minute score meant he'd amassed 90 tries for Harlequins; breaking Ugo Monye's record for the most scored by a Quin in the professional era.
In typically modest fashion, the fullback was quick to praise the contribution of his teammates, with the record something he'll look back on once he's hung up his boots.
"Scoring tries is a product of the class players and the team you have around you. You're just finishing off the good work around you most of the time, so I'm very lucky to have played with some unbelievable players over the last few years who have put me in.
"It's probably nicer to beat Ugo, but he has got a far better ratio than me, so I'll give him that!
"I think it's something you'll look back at, at the end of your career but for now it's a product of the good work going on around you, and there is a lot of good work going on around me at the moment; especially in attack."
Tickets for the match against Northampton Saints are available to purchase online or by calling the Ticket Office on 020 8410 6010.
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