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Over the final three rounds, a trip to Sandy Park to face Exeter is sandwiched between home fixtures against Leicester and Bath. The Harlequins can afford nothing short of victory in these crucial contests.
The Stoopers are currently five points adrift of Bath and a prized finals spot. Sixth-placed Sale are also still in contention. A single loss will surely see Quins fall short. Former All Black, Evans, understands the team’s predicament, which has been no different since they suffered their seventh defeat in Round 17.
“It’s been cup-final footy for us the past three weeks, and it will probably be heading into Friday’s game against Leicester.
“We know we’ve pretty much got to win everything, but it’s the kind of footy that the club enjoys—creating a challenge like that. “
The Harlequins will recognise the pressure of having to go unbeaten during the remainder of the season. If they make the finals, a trip to Saracens or Northampton is probable. Exeter, who only lost twice on their home patch in the premiership last season, will also be tricky.
Evans is confident of his team’s ability to succeed away from home.
“We’ve probably played better on the road than we have at home, which is a bit unusual. We’re a team that doesn’t really fear travelling.“
With a fearless and more cohesive unit at the back end of the season, the Harlequins may be capable of running the table and repeating their premiership success of 2012. Time and results will tell.