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“We’re going to throw everything at it”-Alex Dombrandt

Harlequins number eight Alex Dombrandt has said his side will do everything they can to ensure they end the season the best possible way. 

Quins have a huge end to the season coming up. A Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse is firmly on the horizon, but after that they face two make-or-break games against Exeter Chiefs and Bristol Bears.

Speaking to the media following his side’s 42-31 victory over Northampton Saints, Dombrandt said: “Every game at the moment is tough. I’ve never been involved in a league this tight. It’s win or bust, isn’t it? It’s exciting, but we’re just taking each week as it comes.

He added: “We’ve probably got the biggest week in the club’s history to look forward to next week and then we’ll take care of Exeter and Bristol when they come round.”

Even prior to this trio of tough games, Quins have had their backs against the wall. Since the restart, Quins have faced Saracens, Bath, Sale Sharks and Northampton Saints in the Premiership; and also had two European knockout ties with Glasgow Warriors and Bordeaux.

With so many big games back to back, it could be hard for Harlequins to keep focused on the task at hand, but Dombrandt said this game by game approach is allowing them to learn.

“I think you just keep taking the learnings from the game you just played,” he said.

“Keep trying to drive the team forward, keep trying to learn and get better. It’s massively exciting, this is this is why you play the game to be in with a shout of the top four to be in with a shout of semi-final in Europe, European rugby it’s what you want.

He added: “We’re ready, and we’re going to throw everything at it.”

“We have to go there and have a go”-Harlequins head coach Danny Wilson looks ahead to Toulouse

Harlequins head coach Danny Wilson-Credit: IMAGO

Harlequins head coach Danny Wilson-Credit: IMAGO

Prior to this season, Harlequins had never won a Champions Cup knockout tie before, but they now find themselves 80 minutes from the final.

They had to grind out a tough win over Glasgow Warriors at the Stoop, and then a ‘swing the bat’ mentality helped them get over the line against Bordeaux.

This attacking intent has been part of Quins’ DNA for some time now, and head coach Danny Wilson said they will do the same against Toulouse.

“Going to Toulouse, we have to go there and have a go,” he told the media. “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: “That’s the way these boys want to play. They’re very, very passionate about the club’s DNA and identity and coming here as a coach, as I said, you have a responsibility to continue that whilst at times trying to be pragmatic when you need to which is a challenge but I think this group have proved a point they can play that way and score tries and win games.”

Harlequins have already come up short against Toulouse in the Champions Cup this season, falling to a tough 47-19 defeat in December, but momentum is firmly with the Londoners now. Could they produce yet another French miracle?