Heineken Cup: Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw grateful for home comforts
Last Updated: 03/04/13 5:47pm
Chris Robshaw: recent form is not a concern
Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw is delighted that his club have decided against switching their Heineken Cup quarter-final across the road to Twickenham.
Quins could probably have trebled their gate - and their receipts - by playing Munster at Rugby HQ on Sunday, but Robshaw is happy to be facing the two-time former champions on home soil at the Stoop on Sunday.
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He told Sky Sports: "You look at their experienced players who are coming over, internationals throughout.
"I think that is a brilliant reason that the club has kept it at the Stoop instead of at Twickenham, because a lot of their players would have played at Twickenham regularly. So it is great to be there (at the Stoop)."
History shows that three-quarters of home quarter-finalists go through but Quins' recent form - three defeats in four - may count against them.
Robshaw insisted: "There has been no loss of form, not at all. We played extremely well against Gloucester and were just a little bit unlucky there.
Exciting times for Robshaw
"The guys are playing well, we just want to go out there. It is knock-out rugby, it's exciting stuff isn't it? It's the Heineken Cup quarter-finals. I think it is only the second time that I have been involved with one and the third time that the club has been involved with one, so you don't get the chance that often.
"Our fans have been terrific and we just want to reward our fans really, give them something to cheer about and really get behind us."
The club has also been boosted by director of rugby Conor O'Shea's insistence that he is not interested in the vacant Ireland coach's job.
Robshaw added: "It is brilliant for the club isn't it? He is so positive among the squad and I think that is reflected in the way we play. He backs the players the whole time and he's got a great set of coaches behind him as well."