Evans praises home form

Date published: February 1 2017

Nick Evans believes Harlequins has an excellent chance to clinch the Anglo-Welsh Cup if they can continue their home form.

Harlequins has lost just once at The Stoop this year – to Edinburgh in the European Rugby Challenge Cup – but have struggled on the road, failing to win any of their away match in this year’s Premiership.

Last time out John Kingston’s side made amends for a New Year’s Day loss to Worcester Warriors by coming from 14-0 down to win 28-22 at Sixways and seal a spot in the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Sale Sharks come calling on Friday night with a chance to seal their own spot in the last four, but John Kingston's side have the added motivation of knowing that a win will be enough to secure a home semi-final at The Stoop.

With this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup final being staged at Twickenham Stoop, 36-year-old fly-half Evans admits the prospect of a chance at silverware in their own backyard is a tantalising prospect.

"Three home wins in the Anglo-Welsh and we get a trophy, that’s exciting and something we are really looking forward to," the former All Black told the Harlequins website.

"But we need to nail it week by week. This weekend if we get a good performance and the result, then we can park that and wait for the semi-final.

"Given the number of players we lose [through international call-ups], we don’t have that much choice, so it will be more of the same side that played against Worcester.

"Sale have got a chance to make it into the semi-finals and we want to carry on our momentum from the weekend, so it will be tough.

"We only played them a few weeks ago and we know what they are about.

"We know what they want to do to us and stop us playing, we just need to be really disciplined and really accurate, buy into our system and be really physical at ruck time."