Dickson and Harlequins welcome European distraction

Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickinson admits he and his team-mates are welcoming a distraction from the Premiership

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Karl Dickson admits he and his team-mates welcome a distraction from the Aviva Premiership after a sluggish start to the campaign.

Harlequins’ focus turns to the Heineken Cup for a fortnight with Pool 2 clashes against Scarlets and last year’s runners up Clermont to prepare for.

Dickson and co, the Aviva Premiership champions of two seasons ago and semi-finalists last year, have lost three of their first five games of the season including last weekend’s shock reversal against London Irish.

But a new competition brings a fresh slate and Dickson is confident he and his teammates are more than ready to set the record straight.

“We have moved on from it now, we have drawn a line under it and we’re looking forward to Scarlets this weekend,” he said.

“We would probably say it has been a mixed bag. We probably haven’t hit the ground running as we wanted to but we’re not in a bad position in the league.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint and we are looking forward to a different competition in the Heineken Cup.

“We don’t really know much about Scarlets, obviously they are in a completely different league to us. It gives us the opportunity to part with the Premiership for a while and focus on something else and go out there and really express ourselves.

“Any Heineken Cup pool is going to be tough. We have two away trips to France with both of them pushing for a top-four spot in their league so it’s going to be tough but we’re confident, we believe in ourselves and it’s the Heineken Cup – you never know what’s going to happen.

“We go into every game with confidence. Scarlets this weekend have some quality players in there with Rhys Priestland, and Jonathan Davies in the centres but they play a similar type of rugby to what we do so it should be a good game all-round for the spectator and hopefully we’ll put a good performance in.”

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