Easter frustrated at being rested
October 16, 2009
Nick Easter will be looking to vent his ire against Toulouse tomorrow © Getty Images
Harlequins star Nick Easter has spoken of his frustration with missing last week's Heineken Cup defeat to the Cardiff Blues.
The England No.8 was forced to sit out the game along with scrum-half Danny Care and British & Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye as part of the EPS agreement between the RFU and Guinness Premiership clubs, and the ball carrying tyro could have punched the television such was his irritation with missing out.
All three return to the fold tomorrow for the visit of Toulouse and if Easter is to believed, the Frenchmen had better watch out for a backlash when they come to The Stoop.
"Heineken Cup games are the biggest games of the year, and unfortunately we had to play last week with one hand tied behind our back," he said. "Even then the guys were unlucky not to get a draw. They scored the late try, and we lost the bonus point. It was very, very frustrating.
"I was sitting at home screaming at the television and pulling my hair out, but I don't think we have lost any momentum from last week. There has been a buzz about training this week, because Toulouse are synonymous with this competition - and we have a chance to put it right in our own back yard."
Harlequins have had an indifferent start to the season after dominating the summer headlines for all the wrong reasons. But Easter and Co. feel they can build on a decent performance in defeat against the Blues and bounce back against the French outfit who put 36 points on Sale Sharks last weekend, with Vincent Clerc equalling the competition's try scoring record.
But Easter's team mate David Strettle believes that the three-time winners' expansive style could play into their hands tomorrow and he says Guy Noves should be just as worried about Harlequins' pace out wide as the English side are of Toulouse's.
"Toulouse are a typical French team. If the opportunity is on they will try it - and even if it is not they will give it a go. We are just waiting for our boys to get a chance to run - and if they give us the opportunity to play they should be just as wary of us as we are of them."
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