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Fast Walker after repeat Quins performance
Winger Charlie Walker scored his first Heineken Cup try in France last week and is out for a repeat performance – if only to stay in the team.
The 20-year-old, who finished last season playing National Division One rugby at Esher, profited from a second half slip from Juan Martin Hernandez to set Quins on their way to a 32-8 win at Racing Metro on Saturday.
The result, the club’s fourth successive win in all competitions, kept alive hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition ahead of the Frenchmen’s Sunday visit to the Stoop.
And Walker, pictured right, reckoned last weekend’s success – and the host of injuries the club have suffered this term – had only increased his side’s chances of claiming silverware this term.
“We knew it was an important game,” he said.
“Our trips to France always seem to bring the squad closer together. We were much tighter after the Clermont Auvergne defeat and we’re closer still now.
“It doesn’t matter where we play we are always looking to put our game on the park.
“It is going to be a huge game now this week and I’m desperate to be involved, but competition is tough.
“They were pretty disappointed with their performance at the weekend so will be coming out all guns blazing I’m sure.”
Nick Evans and Nick Easter scored in the first half before Walker and Luke Wallace secured the bonus point in the second, much to the delight of the young Quins winger.
“I’ve scored in the LV=Cup before, but this is my first proper try and I was really chuffed,” said Walker.
“I’m not sure what Hernandez was doing, but if a prop or a forward had caught me I don’t think the others would have been too happy.”