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“Pleasing but stressful”-Danny Wilson reflects on vital win over Northampton Saints

Danny Wilson has piled praise on his Harlequins side following their 42-31 victory over top of the league Northampton Saints. 

The win against the table toppers keeps Harlequins well in the fight for the top four, but it also gives them huge momentum going into next weekend’s Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse.

Speaking to the media after the game, Wilson said: “The boys were outstanding today! To play the way they did, to respond to a loss last week and some great individual performances, I thought was outstanding today.

He added: “The style in the way we did it was again really pleasing but also slightly stressful.”

This victory is Quins’ second at the ‘Big Stoop’ this season. They beat Gloucester 32-26 in their showpiece ‘Big Game’ back in December, and they boast a proud record of wins at the home of English rugby.

“We’re really passionate about this fixture, which I’ve been initiated into,” Wilson said. “To come here, win two games in The Big Game and today was important for our crowd, important for our supporters.”

The Premiership run-in only gets more ‘stressful’ from here for Harlequins. They face a trip to Sandy Park next weekend against and Exeter Chiefs side who have only lost twice at home in over 30 games, before ending their season with a home tie against the red-hot Bristol Bears.

Danny Wilson looks ahead to Toulouse

Danny Wilson-Credit: IMAGO

Danny Wilson-Credit: IMAGO

The win was a real show of Harlequins attacking intent. They opened the scoring in the first minute from an audacious Marcus Smith cross-field kick, and they would go onto score five more over the course of the game.

Commenting on his side’s attacking intent, Wilson said this was the perfect way to prepare for Toulouse.

“Going to Toulouse, we have to go there and have a go. We have to go there and go for it with the style of rugby we play. Trying to chip away at three points, six points, nine points against a side like Toulouse, and a side like Northampton, is not the way to go. So what you saw tonight was an intent to score tries. To go to the corner, we’ve done that all season, to back ourselves to score.”

He added: “We were immersed in it this week and we will be again next week. We know what Toulouse are capable of and they’ll probably be fully aware of what we’re capable of. So it makes for a really exciting encounter.”