Last Saturday's game against the Earth Titans was the most physical match we have played so far this season. As we expected, the Titans came out with all guns blazing in an attempt to disrupt us and they played very well, putting us under pressure for long periods of the game.
We made 200 tackles last Saturday, which is some 60 more than we have made in any other game this season, but we were disappointed with the number of times we turned the ball over, as this meant that we did not put the Titans under enough pressure in their defensive areas.
This weekend we travel to the north-west of England to face Sedgley Park for the first of two back-to-back away fixtures against the team from Park Lane. Sunday's (6th November) game is in the Powergen National Trophy, kick-off 3.00pm, and the following Saturday (12th November) we face Park in our next National Division One fixture, which kicks-off at 2.30pm (not 3.00pm as previously advertised).
Sedgley Park are currently in 11th place in National Division One, with two wins from their eight games to date. From what we have seen, they play some good rugby and I am sure that after conceding 50 points away to Cornish Pirates last Sunday they will be looking to put in a good performance against us this weekend.
On Monday evening (31st October), the A team defeated Oxford University 43-20 at Ifley Road. After a busy schedule the A team now have a bit of a breather during the international matches before they face London Wasps in the Guinness A league on Monday 28th November at Henley.
Subject to clear roads we are hoping to get to the JJB stadium in Wigan on Saturday evening to watch the Rugby League international between Great Britain and Australia, after we have visited the Sedgley Park ground on Saturday afternoon.
The team this weekend will show a number of changes with both George Harder and Will Greenwood returning to the squad after injury. Also involved will be Tony Diprose, Tom Williams and Jordan Turner-Hall, while James Inglis, a young second row in our academy, will be making his first appearance on the bench.
We have eight wins out of eight so far this season in National Division One, and we are looking to continue this run in the Powergen National Trophy. Even without the opportunity of facing Guinness Premiership opposition, we still want to take part in the final at Twickenham on Saturday 8th April next year.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.