Tigers vs Harlequins in Premiership Rugby final

Ben Youngs faces a massive personal duel with Harlequins and England rival Danny Care in the Premiership final Saturday keen to prove himself the No.1 scrum-half in English rugby.

The Leicester Tigers' youngster realises just how much it means to come out on top in his battle at Twickenham against an opponent anxious for redemption and eager to get back into England coach Stuart Lancaster's good books.

Both Youngs, who was dropped from England's starting line up for Lee Dickson during the Six Nations, and Care, who was dumped by his country for the tournament following a string of late night drinking bust-ups, were named in the squad for the tour to South Africa.

And both badly want to reclaim the No.9 jersey for the opening clash of their three-Test campaign with the Springboks in Durban on June 9.

"This is a great opportunity in a big final to lay down a marker and say 'pick me'," Young said.

"I definitely want to start the first Test. Stuart Lancaster will have to decide who he is going with but I want to give him a selection headache and something to think about.

"Losing the shirt during the Six Nations wasn't nice. I want to play every game and it was a relief to come on against Ireland and change things and prove to myself I could do a lot better.

"Danny Care is a great player. He's had a bit of a torrid time but everything Quins do well comes through Danny.

"I have to do my best to nullify him and his game. Likewise he will be out to try and get on top of me. He will try and get hold of me at breakdowns and upset me but I don't intend to let him."

Youngs endured a rough ride during the opening four or five months to the season. But, just like the rest of his team-mates, he is certainly finishing with a flourish.

Tigers managed to overcome a nightmare opening couple of months without their international stars to set up a shoot-out with a Quins side which defied their critics to remain at the top of the table until the end.

It promises to be a contest mixed with attacking rugby and raw power.

Tigers - the most successful English club side since the League was introduced, reached an amazing eighth successive final shoot-out by beating Saracens in their play-off semi-final.

Quins, searching for their first title, overcame Northampton with a late Joe Marler try and it will be a unique experience to fight it out for the trophy over 80 minutes at the home of English rugby.

"After losing our first five games and being right near the bottom of the table winning this time would possibly our greatest achievement," Youngs said.

"People were rubbing their hands and happy to see us doing poorly. Even some other England lads were openly saying they were pleased we had lost again.

"But once all the England guys came back from the World Cup we all had a meeting and decided to rebuild our season and start winning.

"Teams love to beat Leicester and were coming to Welford Road believing they were in with a shout. So we had to stop that. We did and now we can lift the Premiership."


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused
    Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

    The Sandiganbayan has allowed a government official, accused with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to undergo a medical procedure at a hospital tomorrow. The anti-graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. …

  • Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy
    Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy

    The Sandiganbayan has recommended executive clemency for a former Philippine ambassador to Nigeria who was sentenced to 52 years for malversation of public funds. The Sandiganbayan First Division found Masaranga Umpa guilty of misusing the Assistance-To-Nationals Stand-by Funds totaling $80,478.80 in 2007, but the anti-graft court said the former assemblyman from Lanao del Norte should be pardoned. …

  • Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour
    Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour

    It was a night of stargazing in 58 SM Supermalls all over the country last night as these establishments participated in Earth Hour, an annual worldwide movement encouraging communities and establishments to switch off lights for one hour to raise global awareness of overuse of non-renewable resources. The Philippines has been an active participant of Earth Hour since 2008. Last night, in the province of Bulacan, for instance, all parishes, diocesan institutions, schools and household …

  • Payanig privatization hit
    Payanig privatization hit

    BLEMP Commercial of the Philippines, Inc. (BLEMP) denounced the recent announcement of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to privatize the 18.4-hectare “Payanig sa Pasig” property. In a statement sent to The STAR, BLEMP lawyer Dennis Manalo said the PCGG has no right to auction the property because it has no valid title and is not in possession. The PCGG has not paid a single centavo in real property taxes for the property, he said. He narrated that it was in the early 70s …

  • New species of tarantula found
    New species of tarantula found

    Scientists from the Museum of Natural History (MNH) of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños have discovered a new species of cave-dwelling tarantula on an island off the coast of Quezon. The new species of the spider, Phlogiellus kwebaburdeos, was described in the recent issue of the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology by MNH curators for spiders Aimee Lynn Dupo and Alberto Barrion along with their former student Joseph Rasalan. The tarantula was discovered by Rasalan during one …

  • Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others
    Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others

    As Christendom enters Holy Week today, Palm Sunday, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday called on the faithful not to add to the sufferings of their fellowmen. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA), said that while Palm Sunday is oftentimes remembered as the glorious arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, it also signals the start of the Holy Week that tells of His suffering, death and …

  • Miriam pushes tougher graft law
    Miriam pushes tougher graft law

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill that would make public officials liable for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act even if they are elected to a fresh term or a new position. In filing Senate Bill 2716, Santiago sought to address what she said was the doctrine of condonation in Philippine jurisprudence brought about by the 2010 case of Salumbides vs. Ombudsman. “By merely asserting the doctrine of condonation, erring elective officials are automatically given a …

  • Phl hits back at China over sea infra work
    Phl hits back at China over sea infra work

    The Philippines assailed China yesterday for contesting Manila’s planned repair and maintenance works on some islands in the West Philippine Sea, saying they are “in no way comparable” to the Asian power’s massive reclamation activities which are in violation of international laws. “The Philippines’ possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea, over which the Philippines rightfully exercises sovereignty, sovereign rights and …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options