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Harlequins hope Friday night Bath date sparks play-off push

Harlequins will aim to revive their Aviva Premiership play-off hopes and put some poor recent form behind them when they host Bath at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday.

Quins have claimed a solitary win in the last six league games, and collected just seven points during that time.

It has meant them dropping from third to eighth in the table, and they are currently five points adrift of the play-off zone.

"We can't wait to get back out at the Stoop," Quins prop Will Collier said. "Hopefully, we can get back to building some momentum.

"They (Bath) haven't quite been clicking in terms of results, but they are a great team, and like everyone in this league, they can have their day."

Quins show four changes from the side beaten by Sale Sharks last weekend - all in their back division.

Scrum-half Karl Dickson and centre George Lowe return to the starting line-up, with Charlie Walker and Henry Cheeseman named on the wings. Cheeseman makes his Premiership debut.

Quins, meanwhile, say their England international wing Marland Yarde is expected to be out for four to five weeks after suffering a shoulder injury against Sale.

Bath, who sit 10 points and one place below Quins in the Premiership, field England squad member Ollie Devoto at fly-half for their trip to south-west London.

Devoto, normally a centre, is partnered at half-back by Chris Cook, with one back-row change from the side that beat London Irish in bonus-point fashion last weekend seeing a return for number eight Amanaki Mafi.


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