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We are still not out of this competition. Three wins (without bonus points) will put us on 18 points. Two wins for Leinster (without bonus points) will put them on 19 points. The key therefore is the acquisition of a bonus points. Even if we don't progress in the Heineken Cup we can still target the Amlin Challenge Cup. Winning this cup last season was the spark that Quins needed for greater success the following season
I agree with the above comments. It should also be noted that the winner of the Amlin Cup also qualifies automatically for Heineken Cup the following season. That is how Quins got in this season.
I am not so sure. Whatever about the Amlin Cup, progressing further in the Heineken Cup seems like a lost cause to me. In front of their home support of 45,000 in the Aviva stadium I expect that Leinster will be on fire and we will not be able keep up with their pace. They will have some very classy players in the starting 15 and plenty alternatives on the bench to be brought on at 60 minutes. If we can get a losing bonus point from this match I would be happy. In fairness to the Leinster fans they are showing us great respect by turning out in such great numbers to see their team play us. If only all teams in the Aviva premership showed the same enthusiasm, English rugby would be in a much healthier state.