Key Battles - Harlequins

1 March 2019

Ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game with Harlequins, we take a look at three of the key battles to keep your eyes out for. 

Jonathan Joseph v Joe Marchant

Bath Rugby’s Jonathan Joseph needs no introduction having won 40 England caps and scoring 17 international tries. Also involved in the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand, Joseph is a prominent attacking threat, with his footwork, pace and defence three stand out areas of his game.

Joe Marchant is one of the country’s most promising young talents. At just 22, Marchant has already made 57 Premiership appearances for Harlequins including 14 so far this season. The outside centre Marchant has formed a solid partnership with former Bath man Ben Tapuai and has crossed the whitewash eight times in the Gallagher Premiership.

Jamie Roberts v Ben Tapuai

Jamie Roberts returns to action this weekend to face his former Club at the Rec. The centre spent three years with the London side making 38 appearances before arriving at Bath at the start of the season. Capped 94 times by Wales, Roberts scored on his return to The Stoop as the Blue, Black and White came away with a 32-37 victory. A physical presence in the midfield, Roberts will be looking to help his side to a double in the competition against an in-form Harlequins side.

Like Roberts, Ben Tapuai will also face his former side tomorrow afternoon. The Australian, who spent two years in the West Country has scored three times in his nine appearances in the Gallagher Premiership and will form one half of a potent midfield partnership. 

Francois Louw v Chris Robshaw

One of the most highly regarded back rowers in the modern game, Francois Louw will look to make his mark on the game today. The South African is one of the longest serving players in the squad having joined the Club in 2011 from Super Rugby outfit Stormers. Louw has won 65 caps for his country and has built a reputation for his incredible work rate and dominance at the breakdown.   

Chris Robshaw brings a great deal of experience to the Harlequins back row having made over 250 appearances for his club. The former England captain has also won 66 caps for his country and will be a key figure this weekend. The breakdown will prove to be an interesting contest this weekend, with Robshaw and Louw playing a key role on game day.

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