Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Greenwood: Harlequins Must Get Streetwise

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Greenwood: Harlequins Must Get Streetwise

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Byline: MARK BALDWIN

WILL GREENWOOD has told his Harlequins team-mates to start getting their hands dirty and match the "streetwise" talents of cup conquerors Leicester, writes Mark Baldwin.

England centre Greenwood believes the lessons of Saturday's Powergen Cup quarterfinal defeat at The Stoop are clear: Quins are just too nice.

Leicester snuffed out the Harlequins challenge with a 19-12 victory that owed almost everything to mercilessly closing down the opposition, living on the edge of the rules, then striking quickly themselves.

And Quins never looked capable of repeating their magnificent cup wins at home to below-strength Leicester teams in each of the past two seasons.

Greenwood said: "We are currently top of the list in the Zurich Premiership in terms of the Fair Play Award, and I for one don't think that's a good thing.

"I'm not saying we should be going around punching people, but you can be a little bit too clean in this game. …

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