Harlequins side for semi-final named

Friday, 18th June 2021 @ 12:00

Harlequins’ coaching group have named the side to face Bristol Bears in the semi-finals of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season

There is one change to the starting line-up that racked up over 50 points in victory over Newcastle last weekend, with Club Captain Stephan Lewies returning to fitness to start in the second row alongside Matt Symons.

Quins’ coaches have named an otherwise unchanged starting XV, with just two changes on the bench as Dino Lamb, replaced by Lewies in the starting line-up, takes up a spot amongst the Impact Players while Scotland international James Lang returns to the match day 23 in place of wing Cadan Murley.

The Club boasts seven Harlequins Academy products in the starting XV to face Bristol this week, with a total of eleven in the matchday 23.

Harlequins General Manager Billy Millard said: “We have a great opportunity over the next two weeks to add to this Club’s great history. I cannot praise highly enough the drive and dedication I’ve seen from our playing and backroom staff over the last few months. It’s been incredible to be a part of it.

“We had a great, closely contested battle with Bristol the last time we went to Ashton Gate. We know how close we were to winning that game and the areas that needed addressing to turn that result into a victory.

“Bristol are an attack-minded team, much like ourselves, but both sides know how to win games with the gritty battle up front.

“We’ve had a good week’s prep, and we know which areas we’ll need to be sharp on this week to go on to the final next week."

Harlequins Starting XV
1. Joe Marler (224)
2. Scott Baldwin (43)
3. Wilco Louw (27)
4. Matt Symons (62)
5. Stephan Lewies (35) – (Captain)
6. Tom Lawday (40)
7. Jack Kenningham (12)
8. Alex Dombrandt (75)
9. Danny Care (305)
10. Marcus Smith (109)
11. Aaron Morris (63)
12. Ben Tapuai (45)
13. Joe Marchant (112)
14. Louis Lynagh (12)
15. Tyrone Green (21)

Impact Players:
16. Joe Gray (172)
17. Santiago Garcia Botta (38)
18. Will Collier (189)
19. Dino Lamb (48)
20. James Chisholm (110)
21. Martin Landajo (36)
22. James Lang (82)
23. Luke Northmore (27)

Unavailable for selection:
Andre Esterhuizen, Mike Brown

Unavailable due to injury:
George Head, Jack Musk, Jordan Els, Nathan Earle, Oscar Beard, Paul Lasike, Will Evans

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