Worcester collected their first win of the season yesterday, thanks to two tries from the Wales forwards Scott and Craig Quinnell's little (yet, frighteningly, even bigger) brother.
All 22 stone of Gavin Quinnell - somehow playing flanker without a set of wheels or an outboard motor - ploughed over the Northampton line twice in a 24-12 EDF Energy Cup victory at Franklin's Gardens. Quinnell was replaced 12 minutes into the second half, but Worcester's stand-in stand-off James Brown, in for the former Saints No 10 Shane Drahm, kicked 14 points to render Dylan Hartley and Mark Robinson's tries for a strongish home side in vain. The game, like a few involving these two teams in recent times, ended with uncontested scrums.
Today, Harlequins continue their search for a win in, with rugby's ineffable logic, the northern group. They face the Llanelli Scarlets at Stradey Park, but Newcastle and Sale make up the section. Blame Leeds' relegation for the rather unwieldy arrangement. Danny Care, educated at Otley and Headingley but spirited away to the Stoop when the Tykes went down, starts for Quins for the first time, at scrum-half with Andy Gomarsall on the bench. The Scarlets field a strong side, though Care will face Clive Stuart-Smith - also once of the Tykes and touted as the next big thing - at No 9 instead of the Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel, who hyper-extended his elbow last week. Lucky him.
Bristol, the Guinness Premiership leaders, make 12 changes to the side that beat Wasps last week. Bath make only nine switches for the match at the Memorial Stadium, though that may be more to do with a particularly unpleasant injury list reducing available reserves than a desire to take the competition more seriously than their hosts.Reuse content