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CHRIS ROBSHAW has urged Harlequins to ditch their Kevin Keegan-style kamikaze defending as they travel to Newcastle in the Aviva Premiership today.

Quins have conceded 50 tries in 14 games in Europe and the Premiership this season, whilst crossing the whitewash 41 times themselves.

That all adds up to a Champions Cup Brexit, sealed with two pool games to go, and seventh place in the domestic league, as they continue to leak five-pointers ahead of their trip to Kingston Park.

And ex-England skipper Robshaw (left) has warned his side not to follow the example of Keegan (right) and his thrilling Newcastle side, who ended up potless in the 1990s.

Flanker Robshaw said: "It is defence. We are scoring points but it is like the old Newcastle United football thing: you score four, we score five - like Kevin Keegan - and it is not really working for us.

"We are conceding four tries a game and, if you want to be competing for silverware, you can't be doing it - no matter how good your attack is.

"We know that we have conceded too many points this season and that has been the big thing we have been trying to address. It has been massively disappointing for us so far this year. We haven't put our best foot forward - we have had some very good results and some tough ones as well."

Robshaw makes his 250th appearance for the club this afternoon and is only third player, after Mike Brown and Nick Easter, to do that in the professional era. At 31, with 59 England caps, he is fast reaching veteran status.

But Robshaw reckons he has a few more miles in his legs.

He added: "I want to be successful and I want to win stuff, whether it is with Quins or England. When you do hang up your boots, you want to have a couple of things up there. I still c want to achieve, in my body I feel good."

Mark Wilson, who deputised for Robshaw in England's first Test in Argentina this summer, will captain Newcastle on his 200th appearance.

The Geordies, who have won three on the spin in all competitions, recall Nili Latu at No8 and Sonatane Takulua at scrum-half.

Newcastle v Harlequins, Premiership, today, 3pm

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Dec 23, 2017
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