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Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Exeter ace Turner can put Quins in a spin

Leicester should storm clear of Sale

Lachie Turner dives over for Exeter's try against Sale
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Exeter v Harlequins
BT Sport 1, 3pm Sunday

The autumn internationals deprive both Premiership champions Exeter and visitors Harlequins of several stars, but it should still be an exciting, high-quality encounter at Sandy Park and Lachie Turner is worth backing to bag a brace of tries.

Turner, who has dotted down four times for the Wallabies, has scored six league tries in 21 league outings for the Chiefs and four have come against Quins. He scored two in September 2016's 36-25 Sandy Park success and two in a 39-26 victory at the Stoop in May. 

He has also crossed the whitewash in Exeter's last two league wins, a hard-fought 10-6 success at Sale and a ding-dong 34-24 home victory over improving Newcastle.

The Chiefs are purring, combining pack power with direct-running backline movers and accurate kicking. They will go top of the standings with victory over Quins.

They have scored 40 points in winning both their LV Cup matches over the last fortnight and beaten Pro14 leaders Glasgow and Top 14 pacesetters Montpellier in the European Champions Cup.

It is nearly a year since they suffered defeat in the West Country and Harlequins have won only one Premiership away match since March.

However, that Quins success was at last season's table-toppers and then Grand Final runners-up Wasps and director of rugby John Kingston is sending out a fair outfit in pursuit of a third-straight league win. It is tough to choose which side of the 17 to 18-point handicap mark to take.

Instead, back Leicester to give up seven points to Sale at Welford Road.

The fourth-placed Tigers are bidding to make it six league wins on the spin and while they have been guilty of sloppiness in road victories over struggling London Irish and Harlequins, their home successes over Exeter and Gloucester were merited and they were always in control at Newcastle.

In April, Leicester beat Sale 41-18 at Welford Road and while the Sharks can sizzle, they have lost ten league games on the spin away from the AJ Bell Stadium including a 42-26 loss at Harlequins last month.     

Stade Francais are asked to concede 14 points to Oyonnax and Toulon give up seven points to Racing 92 in the two televised Top 14 matches (Sky Sports Arena, 11.30am and Sky Sports Action, 4pm).  

Recommendations
L Turner to score a try in Exeter v Harlequins
2pts 11-10 Betfair, Paddy Power
L Turner to score two or more tries in Exeter v Harlequins
1pt 13-2 BoyleSports
Leicester -7
1pt 10-11 general


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He scored two in September 2016's 36-25 Sandy Park success and two in a 39-26 victory at the Stoop in May
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