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John Kingston hopes Harlequins will be walking tall at The Stoop on March 19

Harelquins director of rugby John Kingston is targeting silverware through the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season after his side qualified for the semi-finals with a third Pool Three victory.

Quins did it the hard way by coming from behind to win 28-22 with tries from wing Charlie Walker, lock Charlie Matthews and two from wing Alofa Alofa - all converted by Ruaridh Jackson.

The Warriors crossed via centre Wynard Olivier, wing Bryce Heem and hooker Joe Taufete'e, with fly-half Ryan Mills converting two and adding a penalty. The hosts took a one-point lead into the final quarter.

The final of the competition is being played on Harlequins' home pitch at The Stoop on March 19, with the semis taking place on the weekend of March 10 and 11.

Quins will find out who they get in the last four when the final pool games are played next weekend - and Kingston says Quins should be targeting the title as well as qualifying for next season's European Champions Cup through the Premiership.

He explained: "The final is played at The Stoop and that gives you that extra incentive.

"Frankly, having been knocked out of the European (Challenge Cup) competition last weekend, which was a bitter blow for us, it becomes even more important to us to try and go as far down the line as we can in this competition.

"The lads were hugely energised during the week in their preparation. We have not been brilliant on the road this year - that is only the third time we have won in all competitions - so confidence levels are not going to be massive.

"So to show that tenacity with the start we had in this game was commendable."

Worcester led 14-0 inside 10 minutes and Kingston reflected: "For whatever reason, we were slow coming out of the blocks and my impression initially is that there were a few players out there who have not played a lot of rugby recently.

"So for them to get accustomed to the pace of the game, I thought their reaction was tremendous.

"The interception try at 19-7 (Matthews' touchdown) was big but in any game you play, there are big moments and they had a few of them too."

Worcester head coach Carl Hogg will hand over the reigns on Monday to new director of rugby Gary Gold, returning to a more 'hands-on role' with the squad.

He said: "I see Gary as being here for the foreseeable (future). I think Gary will bring in a fresh set of eyes and will show us the way forward. He knows quite a few boys in the side."

Hogg added that he thought about getting some help at Christmas when Worcester lost a crucial Aviva Premiership battle at basement side Bristol.

On Saturday's result, he said: "The first 20-30 minutes were excellent and we got some momentum. We went 14-0 up and looked like we were cruising.

"But we lost a try to Charlie Walker just before half-time and, after we conceded an interception try, we looked to lose that momentum."


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