Aviva Premiership: Ben Youngs & more – three players to watch

Aviva Premiership: Sam Rogers takes a look at three players to watch in round three this weekend

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) vs London Irish

Ben Youngs and his Leicester team-mates didn’t enjoy the best of times away at Bath last time out and will be itching to get back to winning ways against an in-form London Irish side. The Exiles will travel to Welford Road confident of getting a result but Youngs will have other ideas. The scrum-half will be key to get the Tigers back on the attacking front-foot and back to their usual scoring ways. The England star will be wanting to combine with Freddie Burns, who himself harbours international ambitions. The half-back pairing will be key for the Tigers who couldn’t muster anything in the way of a scoring drive at any point against Bath.

James Haskell (London Wasps) v Newcastle Falcons

Wasps have had an up and down time of it this season, winning well against Northampton but losing narrowly to Saracens and Harlequins. They welcome a struggling Newcastle side to Adam’s Park and will be keen to take advantage of their lack of confidence. Wasps captain James Haskell will be instrumental if they are to maintain their unbeaten home record and get a second win of the season under their belt. Haskell is ever present at the breakdown will want to get about steal plenty of ball at the ruck. He still has ambitions of pulling on the England shirt at the World Cup and will start his journey in the black and gold of Wasps. Newcastle are yet to register a first win of the new season but have looked good at times, and will need to be at their best to silence the attacking threat of Wasps in front of their own fans.

Thomas Walrdom (Exeter Chiefs) v Harlequins

Quins got back to winning ways last week with a narrow victory over London Wasps and will want to build on that when they travel to Sandy Park to take on Exeter. The visitors boast plenty going forward so the Chiefs will have to be strong on defence, especially on the breakdown. They may have to live on scraps at times and that is where Waldrom comes to the fore. His ability to turn defence into attack will be key if they are to get a result in front of their own fans. Supported by Ben White and Dave Ewers on either flank, Waldrom will need to be the architect of Harlequins downfall as the best way to prevent Quins brilliant attacking options from damaging the hosts is by starving them of the ball and breaking up

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