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Marler feeling confident

Match-winning prop Joe Marler is confident Harlequins have enough big-game experience to "front up" against eight-time finalists Leicester in their Twickenham showdown for the Aviva Premiership title.

Harlequins staged a dramatic late comeback against Northampton to reach the first Premiership final in their history on Saturday, with Marler's converted try four minutes from time sealing a 25-23 victory.

"I am just buzzing for Twickenham now. The final will be massive," Marler said. "We have had great games against Leicester. We will front up. This pack started against Munster away, it started in the Amlin final. We have played in big games. We have started to mature now."

Last year, Harlequins snatched a similar last-gasp victory over Stade Francais in the Amlin Challenge Cup final and they have beaten both Munster and Toulouse away.

Marler believes Harlequins drew from those experiences after finding themselves eight points down to Northampton with 14 minutes remaining.

"Unfortunately it took Northampton's try for us to turn around and say: `We need to pull our fingers out here'," he added.

"We didn't panic, based on those results we had before, and we went out and did it."


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