Last Saturday, under the floodlights of the Stoop, Quins put in a never-say-die performance against their old rivals Bath, to claim their first victory of the season and turn their fortunes around. Tomorrow they will take this team spirit to Cardiff, where they will play against last season's Heineken Cup semi finalists, Cardiff Blues.
The Blues haven't had the best start to their season, having lost all but one of their games in the Magners League, which includes a loss last week against Glasgow Warriors. Combined with the loss of a number of key players such as Gethin Jenkins and Martyn Williams, it is clear that Cardiff Blues haven't been performing at their best. But, make no mistake, Cardiff Blues is a side which thrives in the Heineken Cup and will be thirsty to get it kick started with a win. They were unlucky to miss out on the Heineken Cup final last season, after being knocked out on a single penalty kick, and with the Welsh crowd behind them tomorrow in their new home of Cardiff City Stadium, it will be a real battle between the two capital teams.
Because of the terms of the EPS agreement, Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Nick Easter have all been rested. This gives starting places to Gonzalo Camacho, Steve So'oialo and Tom Guest.
There are two changes to the starting front row. With the departure of Gary Botha, Tani Fuga takes the starting hooker position in the front row, where he joins Mark Lambert (who had to miss last weekend's game as a result of injury) and Ceri Jones. John Andress and Chris Brooker start on the bench.
Quins team to play Cardiff Blues
1 Ceri Jones 2 Tani Fuga 3 Mark Lambert 4 Lewis Stevenson 5 Jim Evans 6 Chris Robshaw 7 Will Skinner (Capt) 8 Tom Guest
9 Steve Sooialo 10 Nick Evans 11 Gonzalo Camacho 12 Tosh Masson 13 Gonzalo Tiesi 14 David Strettle 15 Mike Brown
16 Chris Brooker17 Aston Croall 18 John Andress 19 Shane Oconnor 20 Neil Mcmillan 21 Gareth Williams 22 Rory Clegg 23 George Lowe
Cardiff Blues V Harlequins, Saturday 10th October. Kick off 1.35pm. Cardiff City Stadium.Live