We can be heroes

Evans eyes Premiership glory

Last Updated: 11/05/12 11:13am

Like most fly-halves Nick Evans wants to be the hero - but he knows that he can only fulfil that fantasy by being the ultimate team player.


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"To get the chance to be a hero by making that kick or that drop-goal, that is what you want to be involved in the game for."

Nick Evans

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The former All Black will orchestrate Quins' attempts to reach the Aviva Premiership final when they take on Northampton this Saturday.

And while the 31-year-old admits he craves the moments of glory - such as kicking the conversion that won Quins the Amlin Challenge Cup last season - he insists they will only come if he trusts in his team-mates and sticks to the game plan.

"You have got to be excited for those situations," he told the Rugby Club.

"I think that is why you want to play fly-half - you can be a hero, you can be a villain - but to get the chance to be a hero by making that kick or that drop-goal, that is what you want to be involved in the game for.

"People who go off the page and don't trust their systems, try to do things themselves and don't trust their mates besides them - that is where mistakes and wholes can happen.

"We will be talking a lot this week about trusting in what we have done to keep us at the top and keep us in the position that we are in."


Evans has been instrumental in Quins' run to the Premiership play-offs this season, with his individual brilliance and innate creativity among the team's most important assets.

"He plays with freedom and he is willing to make mistakes, which is an important place to get in your life because once you are willing to make mistakes, you are willing to try things," Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea said.

As for their chances in the play-offs, Evans is confident the regular season table-toppers can overcome their illustrious rivals.

"Of course we have a chance," he added. "We have to do a lot of work and it is going to be really hard, it is going to be tough.

"And we are going to have to be really mentally on the money because now we are coming up against teams that have been there before, been to finals, Northampton, Sarries and Leicester are continuously at the top of the table.

"It is new for us but exciting. It is there for us and we just have to go out and try to grab it."