Quins looking to hald the Tigers Charge at Stoop

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  • Quins looking to hald the Tigers Charge at Stoop

Top ranked Leicester Tigers in Aviva Premiership Rugby will be taking on the challenge of sixth placed Harlequins on 2nd April in their home ground, theTwickenham Stoop or famously renowned as Stoop.

Leicester Tigers have won 13 out of the 18 games they have played and are marginally ahead of the Saracens on the table. Leicester Tigers have lost five matches so far with last losing to Saracens by 14 – 15 during last month.  Leicester Tigers will enter the match looking to score more points to cement their top ranking position. In order to ensure this Leicester will enter the game with their best available resources. Leicester Tigers is boosted by the return of the Jordan Crane who is coming back into the team after a long lay off after recovering from the injury he suffered during the game against the Benetton Treviso. He scored three tries in his last encounter against the Benetton Treviso at the end of January.  Crane is expected to start for Leicester Tiger in place of Thomas Waldrom and will be taking the No. 8 shirt. No changes have been made in the Tigers lineup with took the field against the Bath Rugby. Other changes include the return of Martin Castrogiovanni and George Skivington for Leicester Tigers.

Harlequins have regained their form when they defeated the Gloucester by huge margin with final scorecard reading 53 – 15. Prior to this win, they have lost three consecutive games in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.  Harlequins with 8 wins so far have to perform exceptionally to have some sort of impact on the Premiership leaders.  Harlequins will be banking on their recent form and the past record at the stoop. Harlequins have lost only at one occasion in Aviva Premiership Ruby while playing at stoop since 2009.  Harlequins have also shuffled with their side and decided not to take any chances against the Tigers. Fly Half Nick Evans will take the field in place of Rory Clegg who’ll take bench. No other change is made in the team which took on the field against the Gloucester last week; the only other change is made on bench with Matt Cairns replacing Chris Brooker.

Harlequins will be relying heavily on the duo of Danny Care and Nick Evans and would be expecting positive contributions from Jordan Turner, George Lowe, hat trick scorer Ugo Monye and Gonzalo Camacho that would enable the Quins to secure a win over Leicester Tigers. A win against the Tigers will allow the Harlequins to better their ranking on the table and increase their chances to finish in top four to play the semifinals.  Quins won’t be asking for a better venue to achieve this daunting task however Leicester’s will start as favorites and will be able to secure a win with 10 points lead.

 

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