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“It’s massive for Exeter, it’s massive for us”-Danny Wilson looks ahead to Exeter challenge

Harlequins head coach Danny Wilson believes the game against Exeter this weekend is pivotal for both sides, as they chase a top four finish. 

Both Quins and Exeter come into round 17 outside of the play-off spots, however a bonus point win for either side could pull them up as high as third entering the final round of the season.

Speaking to the media today, Wilson feels this game is ‘massive’ for both teams: “It’s massive for Exeter, it’s massive for us. This Premiership competition is fantastic, isn’t it? Every week there’s so much riding on these games and they’re so exciting. In the last two weeks, we’ve played Northampton at Twickenham, then we’ve gone to Toulouse.”

“Then you go to Sandy Park,” he continued. I know it’ll be packed down there, I know it’ll be a hostile environment for us and a nice day, two sides that want to put their stamp on the game so it makes for another exciting weekend.”

Danny Wilson on bouncing back from Toulouse

Marcus Smith celebrates vs Toulouse-Credit: IMAGO

Harlequins travel down to Devon on the back of an emotional 38-26 defeat to Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final; but Wilson feels his players have already got the loss out of their system.

“This group of players already have come back in excited about the weekend,” he said. “We’ve dealt with and drawn a line under the Toulouse game. It’s important you do that to close it off and then you open up on the next one. We’re playing another very good team. We’re playing another very good team away from home. We know we’ve got to be at our best.”

He added: “We’ve been pleased with what we’ve done up to now in the Premiership and therefore, ultimately as we said to the boys, we’re only guaranteed another two games together as a group. That’s all we’re guaranteed. So we either take that journey further as a group or that’s where it ends up. That’s the motivation now, that’s the challenge ahead of us and we’re extremely excited and motivated about that.”

Wilson’s side come into the game in decent form, but Sandy Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Harlequins. Their last win in Devon came in the Premiership Cup back in 2020, but could that change this weekend?

Wilson confirmed the side hadn’t picked up any fresh injuries, meaning they will likely name the bulk of the squad from the Toulouse semi-final.