Planet Rugby

Preview: Harlequins v Leeds

09th April 2010 12:11

Share:

Nick Easter delighted

Nick Easter: Back in action for Quins

After last Saturday's much-needed win at the Stoop against Newcastle, Quins will be looking to make it back-to-back wins against Leeds.

There are five changes to the line-up which started against Falcons last week and Quins fans will be delighted with one of them being the return of England number eight, Nick Easter.

After being injured in England's final game of this year's Six Nations, Easter returns to his familiar position at the back of the Quins scrum.

Unfortunately, Chris Robshaw paid the price for his strong performance last week by picking up an injury and will watch the match from the sidelines. Tom Guest moves to cover the flank, alongside Captain Will Skinner.

In the front row, Tani Fuga returns to partner Ceri Jones and John Andress.

In the backs, there are two more casualties. Gonzalo Tiesi and Ugo Monye will both join Robshaw on the sidelines but the welcome return of David Strettle to the wing, along with George Lowe in the centres, will keep the backline strong.

Meanwhile, Andy Key and Neil Back have made just one change to their side to travel to Harlequins, with Calum Clark coming into the starting line for the trip to the Stoop.

Clark swaps places with Kearnan Myall, who has started the last four games however he is amongst the replacements this week.

There are two further changes on the bench. Hooker Phil Nilsen comes in for Vili Ma'asi after impressing with the league leading A team in recent weeks.

Andy Gomarsall also returns on the bench to face his former club. Gomarsall made 37 appearances for Harlequins between 2006 and last season before making the move to Yorkshire.

Form: Harlequins' last seven matches in the Guinness Premiership have all been won by the home team on the day. Quins are unbeaten in their last six games at the Twickenham Stoop in the Premiership, since Saracens won there, 22-9, on 19 September. Leeds Carnegie have now slipped to back to back defeats at the hands of Gloucester and Northampton, but have won three of their last five away games in the Guinness Premiership. Harlequins have won their last three encounters with Leeds, whilst the Yorkshiremen's most recent victory at the Stoop was on 29 November 2003.

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 David Strettle, 13 George Lowe, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Tom Williams, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Will Skinner (c), 6 Tom Guest, 5 George Robson, 4 James Percival, 3 John Andress, 2 Tani Fuga, 1 Ceri Jones.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Aston Croall, 18 James Johnston, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Chris York, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Nils Mordt.

Leeds: 15 Leigh Hinton, 14 Henry Fa'afili, 13 Seru Rabeni, 12 Scott Barrow, 11 Lee Blackett, 10 Ceiron Thomas, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Alfie To'oala, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Calum Clark, 5 Marco Wentzel (c), 4 Erik Lund, 3 Juan Gomez, 2 Andy Titterrell, 1 Mike MacDonald.
Replacements: 16 Phil Nilsen, 17 Gareth Hardy, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Rhys Oakley, 21 Andy Gomarsall, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Richard Welding.

Date: Saturday, April 10
Venue: The Stoop
Kick-off: 14.00 BST

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 1
Barbarians vs AustraliaBarbarians vs Australia Preview
USA vs New ZealandUSA vs New Zealand Preview
More International Match fixtures
LV= Cup
Saturday , November 1
Sale Sharks vs Wasps14:00
Exeter vs Gloucester15:00
Bath vs London Welsh15:00
London Irish vs Leicester15:00
Northampton vs Newcastle16:00
Sunday , November 2
Saracens vs Harlequins13:00
More LV= Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs EdinburghLeinster vs Edinburgh Preview
Glasgow vs Benetton TrevisoGlasgow vs Benetton Treviso Preview
Ospreys vs ConnachtOspreys vs Connacht Preview
Saturday , November 1
Cardiff Blues vs MunsterCardiff Blues vs Munster Preview
Scarlets vs ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Preview
Ulster vs Newport Gwent D'gonsUlster vs Newport Gwent D
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 1
Lyon vs Toulouse13:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Oyonnax18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
La Rochelle vs Montpellier18:30
Brive vs Castres18:30
Bayonne vs Clermont Auvergne20:45
Sunday , November 2
Toulon vs Grenoble13:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Castres 16 - 21 LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Report
Clermont Auvergne 35 - 3 Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Report
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Wasps 16 - 23 HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Report
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 15 - 3 LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
Oyonnax 15 - 25 Gloucester
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Western Province 19 - 16 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615