Hopper wants Quins charge

Date published: November 12 2014

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Harlequins centre Matt Hopper wants his team to carry their LV= Cup efforts into the Aviva Premiership against Gloucester this Friday.

Harlequins outside centre Matt Hopper wants his team to carry their LV= Cup efforts into the Aviva Premiership against Gloucester this Friday.

The Stoop outfit have won three of their last four games, beating Castres and Wasps in Europe before overcoming the Dragons last weekend.

But with Quins sitting in seventh place in the domestic standings, a great deal of work is required to lift them up the Premiership table.

“It’s been a pretty up and down start to the season for us but Europe and those two good wins have established good momentum,” said Hopper.

“Looking at the table at the moment you could pretty much throw a blanket over all the teams in the middle of the table and that includes us.

“This time last year we started to find our form after a great performance in Clermont and hopefully it can be the same for us this year.

“It’s a relatively similar situation and last season it really kick-started us.

“We have been lacking a bit of accuracy at the start of the season, the losses were not coming through lack of endeavour or anything like that.

“But we have to get that right now, this is the point of the season to kick on or we are going to leave ourselves a mountain to climb after Christmas.”

Quins’ task is not an easy one as the Premiership gets back under way while the November Tests are taking place, with key players such as Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown, Danny Care, Joe Marler and Marland Yarde absent from club duty as Hopper looks for a strong showing.

“This point of the year is always very challenging for us,” he added.

“To lose a lot of the first-team guys for internationals is tough but it is also a great chance for other guys to come in and make the most of that situation.

“We have got a lot of good young players at this club, it’s something we pride ourselves on and hopefully we can come out of these games closer to the top four.

“There are a few guys that have had a good rest during the LV= Cup who have been back in training this week and we are excited about getting back into Aviva Premiership Rugby after a month’s break.”

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