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Matchday preview: Harlequins v Northampton Saints

Saturday, 13th April 2019 @ 09:30



Harlequins return to the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday for their Round 19 Gallagher Premiership fixture against Northampton Saints (kick-off 15:00).

Harlequins

Head of Rugby: Paul Gustard
League position: 4th (49 points)
Top try scorer (all comps): Joe Marchant - 13
Top points scorer (all comps): Marcus Smith - 197

Northampton Saints

Head Coach: Chris Boyd
League position: 7th (42 points)
Top try scorer (Gallagher Premiership): Cobus Reinach - 11
Top points scorer (Gallagher Premiership): Dan Biggar - 132

Form

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Harlequins have lost their last three Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches since their five-match winning run ended at Bath in March. Quins have lost three matches in the tournament at Twickenham Stoop this season, to Bath in Round 3, Saracens in Round 6 and Gloucester in Round 16.

Northampton Saints' only win in the last four rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby was 29-15 at Leicester Tigers on 22nd March. This is the Saints' only away win in any tournament in 2019. Northampton have lost only two of their last 12 encounters with Harlequins in all competitions, both in Premiership Rugby, at The Stoop in 2016 and at Twickenham Stadium in 2017.

Line-ups

Harlequins

15. Mike Brown, 14. Nathan Earle, 13. Alofa Alofa, 12. Ben Tapuai, 11. Cadan Murley, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; 1. Nick Auterac, 2. Max Crumpton, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Matt Symons, 5. James Horwill (cc), 6. Jack Clifford, 7. Chris Robshaw (cc), 8. Alex Dombrandt

16. Dave Ward, 17. Lewis Boyce, 18. Phil Swainston, 19. Ben Glynn, 20. Semi Kunatani, 21. Niall Saunders, 22. James Lang, 23. Francis Saili

Northampton Saints

15. George Furbank, 14. Ahsee Tuala, 13. Rory Hutchinson, 12. Piers Francis, 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Cobus Reinach; 1. Francois van Wyk, 2. Reece Marshall, 3. Paul Hill, 4. Api Ratuniyarawa, 5. Courtney Lawes, 6. Jamie Gibson, 7. Tom Wood, 8. Teimana Harrison (c)

16. Samson Ma'asi, 17. Alex Waller, 18. Ben Franks, 19. Alex Coles, 20. Mitch Eadie, 21. Alex Mitchell, 22. James Grayson, 23. Andrew Kellaway

What we've said - Mike Brown

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"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."

Match Officials

Referee: Christophe Ridley. Assistant Referees: Wayne Falla and Simon McConnell. TMO: Keith Lewis. Citing Officer: Chris Catling.

Tickets

Print at home tickets are available to purchase online. Tickets are also available on the gate at the Ticket Office on Gate 3. 

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