Rugby this weekend: Harlequins look to follow up cup win in the league

By Joe Acklam

30th Sep 2022 | Rugby

Teddington RFC have taken two wins from two to kick-off the season. Photo: London Welsh.
Teddington RFC have taken two wins from two to kick-off the season. Photo: London Welsh.

Harlequins are in search of their second league win of the season on Sunday as Northampton visit the Twickenham Stoop in the Gallagher Premiership. 

Last weekend Harlequins fell to a heart breaking one point loss to Exeter last weekend and managed to bounce back by beating Saracens mid-week in the Premiership Rugby Cup group stage and will be looking to follow on from that as they get back to league action. 

Following their opening day win, Quins have gone on to lose two in a row against Saracens and Exeter and are already six points off the top in the Premiership. 

The visitors to The Stoop this weekend, Northampton, also have only had the one win in the league so far this season and are two points behind Harlequins courtesy of bonus points. 

Kick-off at the Twickenham Stoop is at 3pm on Sunday. 

Ealing Trailfinders will be hoping to continue their perfect start to the season as they travel to Coventry in RFU Championship. 

Last weekend Ealing followed up their great start to the season by running riot in the second half as Hartpury visited Trailfinders Sports Club last weekend and made it three wins from three with a 42-7 win. 

Their opponents this week have also started the season well as Coventry have two wins to start the season, both of which came at Butts Park Arena. 

Those two wins were fairly narrow victories against Ampthill and Bedford, and lost to table topping Jersey in between those games. 

Kick-off at Butts Park Arena is at 3pm on Saturday. 

London Welsh are back at Old Deer Park this weekend hoping to get their Regional 1 South Central season started with the visit of Havant. 

Defeat last weekend at Wimbledon leaves Welsh with just one win from their opening four games which has left them second bottom of the division. 

Havant by contrast have won three of their opening four and sit fourth in the early season table, with their only defeat being by a single point away at Brighton. 

Kick-off at Old Deer Park is at 3pm on Saturday. 

Teddington RFC will be posed a stern examination of their strong early season form as Old Whitgiftian travel to Bushy Park. 

Just two games into their season, Teddington have two wins from two against Old Rutlishians and London Exiles and will be feeling confident coming into their weekend. 

However, they couldn't have asked for a more difficult test of their credentials at the sharp end of Counties 2 Surrey as the early front runners of Old Whitgiftian are in town. 

It has been three wins from three for the visitors so far, the only team to have won all three so far, and they have already established a two-point lead at the top of the table. 

Kick-off at Bushy Park is at 3pm on Saturday. 

Elsewhere in the area London Irish welcome winless Bath to the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday, Richmond are hosting Hartpury University, London Scottish are on the road against Ampthill, Twickenham RFC are away against Old Emmanuel, and Kingston RFC are on the road against Weybridge Vandals. 


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