Preview: Harlequins v Leeds Carnegie

Date published: November 26 2010

Leeds Carnegie have named an unchanged side for their visit to Twickenham Stoop to face Harlequins on Sunday.

Leeds Carnegie have named an unchanged side for their visit to Twickenham Stoop when they will be aiming to secure their first win of the Aviva Premiership season against Harlequins on Sunday.

The same side who collected a losing bonus point against Exeter last week will make the trip to the Capital as Leeds look to end their eight-game losing run in the Aviva Premiership this season and for their first win over Quins since April 2005.

Meanwhile, after last Friday's frustrating defeat to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, Quins will be determined to continue winning ways at the Stoop, which has seen them unbeaten in five straight home games.

Joe Marler is the only change to the starting XV that faced Leicester. The bench sees the return of Pete Browne and Rory Clegg.

“We have a huge respect for Leeds who, despite having a tough time of it in the Aviva Premiership Rugby, have shown like every team that unless you are at your best in this league you will lose,” said Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea.

“Andy Key and Neil Back are two great coaches and they will have their team up for every game they play and we know Sunday will be a fiercely contested game.”

Form: Harlequins have won their last four fixtures with Leeds, whilst the Yorkshiremen have not won at the Stoop since a 16-9 victory in the Premiership on 29 November 2003. Harlequins are winless in their last three encounters of Aviva Premiership Rugby, since beating Newcastle at the Twickenham Stoop on 2 October. Quins have lost just one of their last 11 matches at the Stoop in all competitions: 16-20 to Northampton in the Premiership on 11 September. Leeds Carnegie have won just one match since 25 April: 23-9 in Bucharest in the European Challenge Cup on 9 October. Leeds have won just once away from home in the Premiership since February: 23-13 at London Irish on 18 April.

The teams:

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 George Lowe, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Tom Williams, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Will Skinner, 6 Chris Robshaw (c), 5 George Robson, 4 Tomas Vallejos, 3 James Johnston, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements:16 Chris Brooker, 17 Ceri Jones , 18 Mark Lambert, 19 Ollie Kohn, 20 Pete Browne, 21 Dave Moore, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Ross Chisholm.

Leeds: 15 Michael Stephenson, 14 Lee Blackett, 13 Henry Fa'afili, 12 Scott Barrow, 11 Peter Wackett, 10 Ceiron Thomas, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Daniel Brown, 7 Rhys Oakley, 6 Kearnan Myall, 5 Marco Wentzel (c), 4 Tom Denton, 3 Juan Gomez, 2 Phil Nilsen, 1 Gareth Hardy.
Replacements: 16 James Parkes, 17 Miguel Alonso, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Danny Paul, 20 Alfie To'oala, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Lachlan MacKay, 23 Leigh Hinton.

Date: Sundayday, November 28
Venue: Twickenham Stoop
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Referee:Martin Fox