Harlequins will be a handful, says Saints boss Boyd

Chris Boyd knows Harlequins will be ready to get stuck into Saints at The Stoop this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

By Tom Vickers
Sunday, 30th August 2020, 7:00 am
Chris Boyd
Chris Boyd

Both teams were wounded by midweek defeats as Saints lost 18-3 at home to Bath and Harlequins were beaten 29-14 at Worcester.

Quins boss Paul Gustard, who saw his side ship 26 unanswered first-half points at Sixways, was far from happy with the display of his largely second-string outfit, saying: “I’m embarrassed.

"We never saw that coming. That’s not to say we are an arrogant team and we think that we are going to dominate teams physically."

And he added: “Everyone is hurting. That first 40 minutes is one of the lowest points of my coaching career.

"We never got to fire a shot, we were on the back foot all the time. It was a sobering 40 minutes for sure.”

And when he was asked what he is expecting from Harlequins today, Boyd said: "They've changed a bit under Gustard - they've gone from that free-flowing, cavalier game to kicking a lot and not playing a lot at the back end of their field.

"They kick very well and they're always there or thereabouts.

"They're into you, they niggle and they've got some very good individual players so they are a handful."

Saints have once again made wholesale changes this week, continuing their two-team policy as they try to give members of their squad the right amount of rest during a hectic schedule.

And Boyd said: "We couldn't tweak it for this week because we'd already done it and then the next problem is that we've got Exeter and Bristol just four days apart.

"If it was five or six days you could get away with it, but four days makes it incredibly difficult to back up the same people four days later so we've got little option really."

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