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Harlequins keen to maintain play-off momentum against Wasps

Harlequins keen to maintain play-off momentum against Wasps

Harlequins will aim to maintain their Gallagher Premiership play-off push when they host Wasps on Sunday.

Victory for Quins would keep them in the top-four picture alongside Bristol, Exeter and Sale.

And they go into the Wasps clash with an unbeaten six-match league record at the Twickenham Stoop – their best home sequence since 2016.

“We enjoyed a good result the last time we faced Wasps,” Quins scrum coach Adam Jones said.

“Much like ourselves, Wasps like to play some attractive rugby, so there should be some great skills on show.

“We’ve had the benefit of a week off and are heading into this one fresh and motivated to maintain our momentum as we head towards the end of season run-in.”

Quins show three changes from the team that beat London Irish last time out.

Captain Stephan Lewies makes his first start since March after recovering from a knee injury, while Quins academy product Jack Kenningham takes over from injured flanker Will Evans.

One other switch sees Luke Northmore handed a start in midfield alongside Joe Marchant, with Andre Esterhuizen suspended.

Ninth-placed Wasps also field a team with three changes following an impressive victory over Bath two weeks ago.

Wing Paolo Odogwu moves into midfield, where he partners Malakai Fekitoa, with Zach Kibirige starting in the number 14 shirt, while lock James Gaskell returns following an injury absence and Tom Willis starts at number eight, with Brad Shields moving to blindside flanker.

Content provided by Radio NewsHub. Originally published on 2021-05-08 08:50:00.

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