Wednesday 21 March 2018

Quins wary of return trip to Connacht

Harlequins will take a sizeable stride toward this season's Heineken Cup quarter-finals if they beat Connacht in Galway tomorrow.

But recent tournament history underlines it is not a trip Aviva Premiership champions Quins can take lightly.

Their quarter-final hopes last season were destroyed by a 9-8 loss to Connacht on the final weekend of pool stage games. Had they won, Quins would have progressed.

"We know that we face a massive challenge when we go to Galway," Quins rugby director Conor O'Shea said. "Last season is etched in our memory and we are looking forward to getting over there.

"I know the way (Connacht coach) Eric Elwood is. He has a really ambitious way of playing now, and people write them up in a different way to what they should.

"They have a huge number of youngsters and they have a really, really physical pack. We know what their season is based around."

Saracens, fresh from a 45-0 drubbing of Edinburgh in Scotland last weekend, continue on their Pool One travels tomorrow when they host Paris-based Racing Metro at Brussels' King Baudouin Stadium.

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