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Latest Team News Ahead of NEC Harlequins vs Leeds Tykes

26 November 2004

NEC Harlequins team News

For the third week in a row, NEC Harlequins have selected the same starting XV and replacements bench for this Sunday's (28th November) Zurich Premiership match against Leeds Tykes at the Stoop, kick-off 3.00pm.

With Will Greenwood still away on international duty, Mel Deane continues to partner Dafydd James in the centre. Simon Keogh and George Harder are on the left and right wing respectively, meaning Ugo Monye is once again amongst the replacements. 

In the pack, Simon Miall and Roy Winters are in the second row, with recent signing Simon Maling on the bench for the fourth consecutive game.

"As pleasing as it has been to get back-to-back victories under our belt, we still have a lot of work to do to get ourselves away from the wrong end of the Zurich Premiership table," said Mark Evans, NEC Harlequins Chief Executive. "Another win on Sunday will pull us closer to those teams sitting in seventh, eighth and ninth place, and put us in with a good opportunity of climbing the ladder further when the league campaign resumes at the end of next month."

"However, we can expect to feel a backlash from Leeds as they will be seething at letting victory slip through their fingers in injury time at home to Bath last Friday. They have already picked up victories at London Irish and Saracens this season, and will be determined to make it a hat-trick of wins over the London clubs on Sunday."

The full team is as follows: 

15. Tom Williams
14. George Harder
13. Dafydd James
12. Mel Deane
11. Simon Keogh
10. Jeremy Staunton
9. Steve So'oialo
1. Mike Worsley
2. Tani Fuga
3. Ceri Jones
4. Roy Winters
5. Simon Miall
6. Nick Easter
7. Andre Vos (Capt.)
8. Tony Diprose

Replacements:
16. James Hayter
17. Jon Dawson
18. Simon Maling
19. Luke Sherriff
20. Andy Dunne
21. Ugo Monye
22. Gavin Duffy

Leeds Tykes Team News

England internationals Iain Balshaw and Mark Regan both return for the Tykes for their trip to Quins. Phil Davies has made four changes in all from the team that lost to Bath last week with Balshaw and Regan replacing Albanese and Rawlinson whilst Scott Morgan and Pierre Uys replace Chris Murphy and Jon Dunbar, who both revert to the bench.  Davies will delay naming his final line up for the replacements with Gordon Ross on international duty with Scotland this weekend. Ross will join up with the Tykes after Scotland's game against South Africa on Saturday.

Chris Bell returns to the Stoop for the first time this Sunday to face his former club.  Bell, who captained England U21 this summer before moving to Leeds, made 28 appearances for Quins after making his debut in 2001. He was a try scorer in last week's defeat against Bath and believes the Tykes will be in for another tough challenge on Sunday. "Quins have got quality players right across the team who will cause us problems. George Harder will be up for a big game against his old club and he is a key player for Quins. The Stoop is a great place to play and I am really looking forward to playing there this week. I have had a bit of banter with the Quins lads via text messages this week.

"They have found a bit of form recently but it was only a question of time before they turned their season around.  They have a good squad and a good coaching set up and they seem to have turned a corner in recent weeks," added Bell.

Bell says his team mates have got over the disappointment of the last minute defeat against Bath last Friday. "We have had a couple of days off this week which has been good for the players.  The club are great with us and make sure we get some downtime, that has meant that everyone has come back really fresh this week for training and there is a good buzz within the squad."

The team in full is:

15. Tim Stimpson
14. Iain Balshaw
13. Chris Bell
12. Andre Snyman
11. David Rees
10. Gareth Wright
9. Alan Dickens
1. Mike Shelley
2. Mark Regan
3. Rayno Gerber
4. Scott Morgan
5. Tom Palmer (c)
6. Pierre Uys
7. Dan Hyde
8. Colm Rigney

16. Matt Holt
17. Rob Rawlinson
18. Chris Murphy
19. Jon Dunbar
20. Mark McMillan
21. Phil Christophers
22. Tom Biggs/Gordon Ross

Summary of meetings between the teams in the Premiership

Played    6  
NEC Harlequins Won  2  33.3%
Leeds Tykes Won   4  66.7%
Drawn    0  0%

Biggest Win for NEC Harlequins 40 - 16 03 May 2002
Biggest Win for Leeds Tykes 33 - 23 14 Sep 2002
NEC Harlequins top try scorer vs Leeds Tykes Dan Luger 3 tries 
NEC Harlequins top points scorer vs Leeds Tykes Paul Burke 55 points
Leeds Tykes top try scorer vs NEC Harlequins Dan Scarbrough 4 tries 
Leeds Tykes top points scorer vs NEC Harlequins Braam Van Straaten 55 points

Previous Meetings

29 Nov 2003 ZP NEC Harlequins vs Leeds Tykes  9 - 16  The Stoop
31 Oct 2003 ZP NEC Harlequins vs Leeds Tykes  30 - 16 Headingley
04 Apr 2003 ZP NEC Harlequins vs Leeds Tykes  22 - 23 Headingley
14 Sep 2002 ZP NEC Harlequins vs Leeds Tykes  23 - 33 The Stoop
03 May 2002 ZP NEC Harlequins vs Leeds Tykes  40 - 16 The Stoop
09 Dec 2001 ZP NEC Harlequins vs Leeds Tykes  18 - 23 Headingley

Following a run of nine successive losses in the Premiership, Quins seem to have got their show back on the road with back to back victories over Saracens and Sale. Quins' are however still bottom of the "home" table having tallied just six league points at the Stoop in their four home games so far, and five of those points came in the last match against Saracens!

The Tykes have slipped to consecutive defeats at Newcastle and at home to Bath. Eight of Leeds ten Premiership matches have been close with the Tykes securing a losing bonus point in four, and their opponents doing the same.

Each side won their respective away match when the two sides met in the Premiership last season, whilst overall Leeds lead by 4 wins to two in previous encounters in the competitions.