Harlequins are on course for a historic treble after claiming the LV= Cup on Sunday.
Conor O’Shea’s side showed their strength-in-depth at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium, as the Six Nations break didn’t stop Quins from putting Aviva Premiership strugglers Sale to the sword in the final.
Tom Williams, Tom Guest, Tom Casson and Luke Wallace all scored tries, whilst young fly-half Ben Botica added 12 points with the boot in a 32-14 win.
Danny Cipriani kicked three penalties in response and Johnny Leota went over for the Sharks, but the result was never in doubt after a fine start from the London-based club.
“I’m just delighted for the group. They have won a national trophy. Four guys in the tight five are 21 or under – that is something for them to store away in their locker for years. They’re the cornerstone of what this club will be about for a decade or more,” said O’Shea post-match, according to The Daily Express.
“It sets us up to really attack what will be ups and downs in the coming weeks. We know that. It is just so unbelievably exciting for this group. Now everyone will have to play their part.”
The victory was Harlequins first knockout cup success since 1991, and they currently sit second in the league table, just four points behind Saracens.
Quins also have home advantage in the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster, but must travel to France in the last four if they beat the Irish giants, facing either Montpellier or Clermont Auvergne for a place in the final.
Clermont remain favourites with the bookmakers, after an impressive showing in the group stages of the competition.