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Will Porter details method behind Harlequins ‘Bazball’ approach

Harlequins scrum-half Will Porter certainly doesn’t mind Harlequins attack being branded as ‘Bazball’, but he insists there’s method behind the madness. 

The Londoners have become famed for their fast-paced attacking style, but their 42-41 victory over Bordeaux shed a new light on their ability to score at will.

Porter himself was at the heart of it, notching two sensational tries on the way to the now famous win.

Speaking to the media today, Porter detailed how much goes into their ability to play this style of rugby: “There’s definitely a lot of work that goes in behind it that might be missed,” he said.

“It’s not just all joué, which sometimes it may look like. We’re alright being the team that can go from anywhere. We like that, we like being threatening; but behind that is a logic.”

He added: “We do look at each week and see how we can best attack. It just happens we always attack from deep, which can then give the appearance of playing off the cusp.”

“Bazball? Do we mind being called that? No, I think that’s quite a cool title. We’ll take that as being the closest to that.”

Quins now prepare for another huge clash with Sale Sharks as they aim to cement a top four spot.

“We’re very aware of what we can accomplishing this season, which is winning the Premiership”-Will Porter on focusing on the Premiership

Will Porter scoring against Bordeaux-Credit: IMAGO

With Quins now returning to Premiership action, they know each game is more important than the last.

There are just five points separating Quins in third and Sale in eighth ahead of the game this weekend, and Porter knows his team will need to bring their A-game to come away with the win.

“Now you’ve reached the tail end of the season it’s pretty much knock out rugby,” he said. “Bonus points will be really, really important; you’ve got to get something out of every game.”

He added: “We’ll try and keep our momentum going and not try and make every game too emotional.”

It might be hard to focus on the Premiership campaign with such a high profile European semi-final on the horizon, but Porter expressed his belief that his team are fully focused on reaching the Premiership play-offs.

“The fact that the Premiership is so tight at the moment, that mentality just needs to roll on. Right now we’re going to focus on Sale and then on Northampton, because they’re the two next priorities.”

He added: “We’re just going to take the positives and try to carry it forward and refocus on Sale. We’re very aware of what we can accomplishing this season, which is winning the Premiership. We hopefully can get closer to that this weekend.”