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Quins face mighty Tigers back on prowl.

Harlequins boss Mark Evans believes his side face English rugby's form team in tomorrow's Zurich Wildcard semi-final at Welford Road.

The aura of invincibility which shrouded Leicester and their midlands stronghold when they ruled the Zurich Premiership has faded over the past two seasons and seemed to have disappeared altogether earlier this year.

However, under new head coach John Wells they finished fifth in the table and completed the regular league season with a destructive 48-17 victory at defending champions Wasps.

Evans, who saw Leicester complete a league double over his side during March, knows Quins must pass an enormous test if they are to reach the Wildcard final at Twickenham on May 29.

"Leicester are the form team in England at the moment and having had two very hard and closely fought contests against them in March, we know that we will face a very tough and physical challenge tomorrow," he said.

England World Cup pair Will Greenwood and Jason Leonard both return to the Quins team.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 14, 2004
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