Robshaw: Quins won't freeze
Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw is adamant there is no chance of his side freezing on the big occasion in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final.
Last Updated: 22/05/12 7:04pm
Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw is adamant there is no chance of his side freezing on the big occasion when they face Leicester in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final.
Quins will be playing in their first championship decider, while their opponents have been a part of the end-of-season showpiece for the last eight years.
But despite that, Robshaw insists Quins plan to enjoy the occasion and not be overawed by the big stage.
He told Sky Sports: "The preparation has been spot-on. At Twickenham we will probably be underdogs beacuse of Leicester's reputation but it's where you want to be, it's where you want to play. It is an exciting place to run out in front of 80,000 people and represent your club."
As England captain, Robshaw has plenty of experience playing in front of a Twickenham full house. But so do his players after their sell-out league match against Saracens at the venue in December.
Robshaw added: "We have our Big Game at Christmas. We managed to sell out Twickenham for that game so a lot of the players who will be playing at the weekend have experienced running out in front of 80,000 people."
The London side - who topped the regular season standings after 22 league games - have left no stone unturned in their preparation for this one-off game that will decide the destination of the title.
"It is new ground for us, we were in the Amlin final last year but it is another step up from that," Robshaw said. "Leicester do have that experience on their side and know what to expect. But we have prepared properly, we've spoken to a psychologist to make sure we are mentally prepared.
"We go in there and have no illusions how hard it is going to be. But it's a final and you have to go in there thinking you can win.
"You have done all the hard work, you've got there now and it is about taking another step up. Harlequins have never been in the final before so it will be a huge honour to go out there and win it for all our fans, who have supported us in the past when we have been in division one and stuck with us."