Jordan Turner-Hall looking for Harlequins to build momentum

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 20/04/13 8:07am

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Jordan Turner-Hall feels momentum will be crucial in Harlequins' efforts to defend their Aviva Premiership title.

Quins upset the odds in 2011/12 to claim their first domestic crown - seeing off Leicester Tigers in a thrilling final at Twickenham.

The difference between last year and this is that Conor O'Shea's side will not be heading into the play-offs as league winners.

In fact, they need to avoid any late stumbles in order to take the defence of their crown past the 22-game mark.

"It's always important to get a bit of momentum at this stage of the season," powerful centre Turner-Hall told Sky Sports.

"Obviously you want to win every game, but it's a tough old league and we are just taking each game as it comes, put our game on the field and let the rest take care of itself. We are focusing on Worcester this weekend and we want to implement the way we play on them. It's going to be a tough encounter away at Sixways."

On the difference between chasing a title and defending one, Turner-Hall added: "Last year we were the underdogs and people wrote us off all year. We managed to play good rugby on the field and eventually win the title.

"It's tough because everyone is gunning for us. We just have to make sure we get into the top four. It promises to be an exciting end to the season and will be interesting to see who ends up with the title.

"Once you win a trophy at any level, you want to keep winning trophies. As a team you want to win as much as you can so, as a team, we are determined to defend our title."

Eye-opener

"Once you win a trophy at any level, you want to keep winning trophies. As a team you want to win as much as you can so, as a team, we are determined to defend our title."
Jordan Turner-Hall

The Aviva Premiership has become Quins' only target this season, with a narrow 18-12 defeat to Munster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup dashing their European dreams for another year.

Turner-Hall said: "We are bitterly disappointed with that, but we have learnt from it and it might have been the kick that we needed. It was a bit of an eye-opener and has allowed us to focus ourselves purely on the Premiership and having a strong finish to the season.

"It's always good to be playing against the best in Europe and comparing yourselves to those teams and those players. As a club we have progressed massively in the last 10 years and we are starting to get a bit of recognition for it. We have still got a long way to go, though. Hopefully we can kick on again."

Turner-Hall is also looking to kick his own game on, with the 25-year-old determined to force his way back into the senior England set-up - despite there currently being stiff competition for places his favoured position.

He said: "Yeah, definitely. Myself and everyone else has to finish the season well and take as much as we can from that. We have got a great bunch of lads and we want to finish strongly. It's exciting times for all of us.

"There is some great competition and some quality young players knocking about. It's good to match yourself up against those guys and it's always good to have healthy competition."

For tickets to the 2013 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on the 25th May at Twickenham Stadium, visit ticketmaster.co.uk.

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