Match Preview: Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Match Preview: Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Harlequins host Leicester Tigers on Friday night knowing a win will take them top of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table.

Quins edged the return fixture 29-25 in November - a victory which carried them to the league summit - as Dino Lamb's second try proved to be the winner.

Tigers have turned their season round since then and a bonus-point triumph here would leave them a point off the top four.

TV: Live on TNT Sports, kick-off 7.45pm

Referee: Tom Foley

Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys and Peter Allan

TMO: Andrew Jackson

Harlequins: 15. Tyrone Green, 14. Nick David, 13. Will Joseph, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Louis Lynagh, 10. Jarrod Evans, 9. Max Green; 1. Fin Baxter 2. Jack Walker 3. Will Collier 4. Joe Launchbury (Captain) 5. Irne Herbst 6. George Hammond 7. Will Evans 8. James Chisholm

Replacements: 16. Sam Riley 17. Santiago Garcia Botta 18. Dillon Lewis 19. Arthur Clark 20. Archie White 21. Lewis Gjaltema 22. Will Edwards 23. Cadan Murley

Leicester Tigers: 15. Jamie Shillcock, 14. Mike Brown, 13. Dan Kelly, 12. Solomone Kata, 11. Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Tom Whiteley; 1. James Cronin, 2. Julián Montoya (c), 3. Dan Richardson, 4. Harry Wells, 5. Kyle Hatherell, 6. Hanro Liebenberg, 7. Olly Cracknell, 8. Jasper Wiese

Replacements: 16. Finn Theobold-Thomas, 17. Francois van Wyk, 18. Tim Hoyt, 19. Sam Carter, 20. Matt Rogerson, 21. Finn Carnduff, 22. Ben Youngs, 23. Matt Scott

Oval Insights


  • Tyrone Green made the second-most kicks in play (14), the most kick in play metres (526), and was the only player to kick a 50/22 in Round 11.
  • Will Evans made 26 successful tackles in the last round of Premiership rugby, missing none. No other player made more.
  • Alex Dombrandt has made more carries than any other player this season (134). He has also assisted the joint-most tries (six) and is the only forward to have assisted so many.
  • Harlequins have won an average of 8.2 turnovers per 80 minutes this season – more than any other team.

Leicester Tigers

  • Solomone Kata and Jasper Wiese made the most post-contact metres in Round 11: 42 and 32 respectively.
  • Leicester Tigers have won more scrum penalties than any other team this season, a total of 30. They have also stolen the most lineouts (17).
  • Jasper Wiese has carried the ball into contact more times than any other player in the Premiership (131).
  • The Tigers have the best rate of goalkicking success in the Premiership (79.2%).

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