For the second time in two weeks, NEC Harlequins get on the bus to travel up the M1 to Leeds, where this Friday evening they face the Tykes at Headingley in the Powergen Cup.
Having won up at Leeds two weeks ago, the squad will travel with some confidence, but Leeds have a few players who are back from World Cup duty. Both Argentinean wing Diego Albanese and Italian back row Aaron Perisco are likely to start against the Quins this Friday, with Scottish fly half Gordon Ross on the bench.
Last weekend Leeds lost to Sale Sharks, and will be looking to bounce back in front of their own supporters from two successive defeats. NEC Harlequins on the other hand defeated Leeds on their own patch and then continued this form with a resounding win over the Northampton Saints last weekend in front of a joyous crowd at the Stoop. In an exhilarating performance Quins put five tries past the Saints and will be looking to continue that form into the Cup game this weekend. Building on last Saturday's performance Mark Evans NEC Harlequins Chief Executive is likely to name an unchanged team for the first time in quite some time.
On the injury front both Ace Tiatia and George Harder are one week closer to returning to first team action although the medical team are unsure as to when this will be.
As with the Zurich Premiership game two weeks ago, Friday evening's battle will be won and lost at the set piece and in the tackle area. Leeds are a team who will scrap for every piece of possession, and it will be essential that the Quins back row match them in this area. Another Leeds strength is their back three, where in David Rees, Dan Scarborough and Diego Albanese they have pace to burn so it will be essential that the Quins kicking game is very accurate to limit the opportunities presented to them.
Having travelled up the M1 on Thursday, NEC Harlequins will complete their preparations for the game at Silcoates School in Leeds on Friday morning, and those travelling can expect another fierce confrontation as Quins look to extend their recent good performances.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.