Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diprose Calling on Old Heads to Stop the Rot at Troubled Quins

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diprose Calling on Old Heads to Stop the Rot at Troubled Quins

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ENGLAND No8 Tony Diprose has never experienced an early-season run of defeats like it and he's not enjoying the feeling.

Diprose has spent 14 years at the top of the game and unless he can help Harlequins defeat Worcester tomorrow it will be five defeats in a row for the club. He knows this is a game that could shape the club's season.

Neither team has won in this campaign and they occupy the bottom two places in the Zurich Premiership.

Quins are ahead of Worcester only on points difference and defeat does not bear thinking about.

Diprose said: "I have played firstclass rugby for 14 years with Saracens and now Quins and this is the worst start I have known in that time.

"We have put ourselves into a pressure position that we didn't need to experience and we have to look at the Worcester game purely in isolation - the chance to get our first win.

"It's a fact that losing does become an unwelcome habit because confidence is affected but, without sounding totally biased, we could have been going into this match having won three of our first four matches.

"We have performed well in patches only to come up short at the finish line and the focus this week has been on getting an 80-minute performance to bring us that first win. We are not playing as well as last season and that comes down to the platform the forwards are creating for our talented backs.

" Our set- piece play hasn't been as sound as it should be at this level and that has to be the main priority against Worcester."

Quins captain Andre Vos agrees that senior players have to produce the goods at Worcester and he dismisses talk of a crisis at the club, insisting the team that finished last season so strongly is ready to reappear - he hopes tomorrow.

Vos, the former Springbok skipper, said: "We have had a bad run but you don't become a poor side overnight. …

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