Danny Care urges Harlequins to prove they mean business

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Harlequins captain Danny Care wants his teammates to show they are ready to challenge for silverware this season when they face Leicester on Sunday.

Quins brought in some stellar names over the summer including Adam Jones, James Horwill, Tim Visser and Jamie Roberts as the club look to crack the top four and push for a title they have not won since 2012.

A 26-21 victory over Wasps on the opening weekend allowed room for encouragement and Care insists Quins must improve on last year’s eighth-place finish.

“We were really disappointed with how we finished last year – it wasn’t good enough for our standards,” Care told Harlequins TV.

“A team like us should be pushing for silverware. Funny things happen the year after World Cups and we’d love to be back up there.

“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, we know we have to take each game as it comes.

“But we got a great start for the boys against Wasps and it’s a great place to go this weekend against Leicester, we love going to Welford Road.

“We want to be up there and pushing for silverware as much as possible.”

Quins have enjoyed an excellent recent record against Leicester in recent years, with Tigers winning only two of the sides’ last nine meetings in all competitions.

Leicester eased past London Irish last weekend and Quins forward Horwill believes his side will have to improve if they want to come away from Welford Road with a win.

“I certainly think there’s a lot we can improve on from last week but it’s a good place to start,” Horwill said.

“The set-piece is always a big challenge. Our line-out wasn’t as good as it can be and the scrum was a bit scratchy early on.

“If we can set the platform we’ve got some great finishers and some real gas in the back line.

“If we can give those guys the ball on the front foot they know what to do with it.”

Some have suggested Leicester’s place in the top four may be under threat this season but the five-time champions looked impressive against Irish on the opening day.

They also welcome back World Cup trio Tom Youngs, Dan Cole and Vereniki Goneva for this weekend’s clash, while Harlequins have picked England’s Mike Brown at full-back.

“Quins have recruited well in the summer, they play their own style of rugby and they are always very difficult to play against,” Leicester boss Richard Cockerill told the official club website.

“Our squad put up a great effort at Irish last week and that group of players who took us through the pre-season and into that game deserved the opportunity.

“Now we have the majority of the World Cup boys back and we want to integrate them and pick from a position of even greater strength.”

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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