Evans - We can shock Stade
Nick Evans insists Harlequins will head to Paris with nothing but a win on their minds as they prepare to take on Stade Francais.
Last Updated: 06/12/08 1:34pm
Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans insists he and his team-mates will head to Paris with nothing but a win on their minds as they prepare to take on Stade Francais.
The match, shown live on Sky Sports 2, will go a long way to deciding who progresses from Pool Four of the Heineken Cup.
Quins and Stade lead the way with nine points from their opening two fixtures, and Saturday's clash in Paris is the first of a double header between the two sides.
The performance of summer signing Evans will go a long way to deciding Quins' fate, and the New Zealander insists he and his team-mates aren't heading to France just to make up the numbers.
"We are going over there for the win, we are not just going over there to make up the numbers and play a game of rugby," he told Sky Sports News.
"We've got some goals which we need and one of those is to go over there and knock them off.
"It's going to be a big challenge but we know in ourselves we are going to have to play the best game we can and if we go over there with anything else then it is not going to be enough."
Evans will come face-to-face with opposing No.10 Juan Martin Hernandez at the Stade de France as two international heavyweights prepare to lock horns on the grandest domestic stage.
And the All Black supremo insists he has done his homework on Hernandez and is ready to show the Argentinian a trick or two on his own patch.
Evans said: "You have got to look forward to opportunities like this particularly playing against the best in the world.
"We have done our homework on them and we will see if I can match him with what I can do and hopefully I can come out on top."
Harlequins skipper Will Skinner is hoping his young side will gain valuable experience from what will be a true test against one of the most formidable sides in Europe.
"It's good preparation for a lot of the younger guys who have aspirations to play international stuff," he said.
"It's good preparation for big cup games whether it's European or Guinness Premiership, so it's really good for a young up and coming squad like us."