The Brighton Renault Dewar Shield moves into Round 9 as Harlequins play host to Power House at Holmesglen Reserve.
We caught up with both sides before their Round 9 clash to hear their thoughts on their sides preparations and what they believe the opposition will bring game day.
Harlequins - Chris Allen
What learnings did you take out of your big win against Power House in Round 2?
It’s always hard to gauge form in the early rounds of the season when both sides are finding their feet but I think we managed to play for periods of time on our terms especially off second and third phase. The scoreboard didn’t reflect the game at all really, it sounds cliché I know but Power House showed at times they could retain the ball and build pressure on attack.
How do you feel your side performed in Round 8 against Endeavour Hills?
In slippery wet conditions we made our fair share of errors, it was an extremely physical encounter which in the end we probably won ugly however I was happy with our defensive effort which allowed our loose forwards to dominate the breakdown battle. Our backs managed to create space but the conditions and our execution meant we made some errors which we will look to be much cleaner on Saturday in that respect.
What do you think Power House will bring to the match-up this time round?
Power House are always a tough side to play, I know they will be well drilled at set piece and will look to retain the ball for long periods of time.
Which players do you expect to fire for Power House this weekend?
It’s hard to single out individuals I’d expect they will all be up for this match!
Power House - Cole Mooney
What learnings did you take out of your Round 2 clash against Harlequins?
It told us that we were not yet a consistent team able to apply ourselves for 80 minutes and that we had a lot of work to do, technically, tactically and otherwise.
How do you feel your side performed in Round 8 against Box Hill?
A good workman like performance in the first half with consistent effort and reasonably consistent execution. Second half we failed to adjust to Box Hills half time change in approach and let our discipline slip to a level it that it took us out of contention. We had a few injuries but I was pleased to see the group stay tight.
What do you think Harlequins will bring to the match-up this time round?
They have been really organised each week and you can see how they have varied their launches and approach week to week. I would expect this rounds game to be no different. High tempo and work rate in both defence and attack and well directed by their game drivers.
Which players do you expect to fire for Harlequins this weekend?
They will all be firing at home but Justin Marsters has been lethal all season in attack. The breakdown will be under stress from Brandon Payn and Angus Arundel is probably the most consistent prop in the competition.