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Stoop will be a difficult venue to visit this season
Top five finish on the cards for Harlequins
Posted Oct 19, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The Stoop is never an easy place to go. Home to the Harlequins, it is a venue where the hosts dominate other teams and it is because of this that I feel the Quins will do well this season and even compete with the top teams in the Aviva Premiership.
The Quins have hammered both Exeter and Newcastle at home and narrowly lost out to my champions elect Northampton Saints 20-16. They have also drawn at Wasps and lost narrowly at Sale.
It may have been a mixed start for the London club but they will be reasonably confident as the season progresses, especially as they boast a mean defence – the fifth best in the league – and a rampant attack that has averaged 25 points in the games they’ve played so far this season.
Nick Evans has kicked superbly for the Quins so far this year and if he can keep his confidence and the likes of Tom Williams, Danny Care and Ugo Monye can find their finishing boots more frequently then Harelquins may be the surprise package in the 2010-2011 season.
The Quins have a tough run of fixtures coming up as they travel to Gloucester next up, then entertain Bath before a trip to Welford Road and reigning champions Leicester Tigers. But if they can come out with some points from these matches, and there’s no reason why they can’t, then it will prove exactly what I’m saying.
I believe the Quins will be in the upper reaches of mid-table and they could easily threaten the top four this season. However, I do think that there are better teams in this division so I’m going to go for a fifth place finish for the team from the Stoop.