Quins star eyes top-four finish

Nick Evans has targeted a top-four finish for Harlequins this season.

The fly-half’s flawless kicking helped his team to a 29-24 victory over London Irish in Saturday’s Premiership opener at Twickenham.

Morale in the Quins camp is high after last season’s Amlin Challenge Cup success and Evans declared: “Top four, that’s where we want to get to – that’s our ambition.

“We’ve got a taste for winning trophies now, but we’re not going to come out saying we’re going to win this and that, so top four is what we’re aiming for.

“I came over here to win trophies, with a young squad when I arrived. But you can throw that away now – we’re not a young squad anymore. We’ve been together for three years, so maybe some are young in age but not experience.

“We’ve played in finals, gone to Munster and things like that. Trophies are what we’re here for and I enjoy rugby when we’re winning.”

Quins’ winning start to their campaign was somewhat marred by a sickening injury to the unfortunate Tom Guest.

The stand-in number 8, who spent most of last season out of action, had his arm broken in two places in a collision with Chris Hala’ufia.