Former All Black points machine Andrew Mehrtens will miss up to eight weeks of rugby with Harlequins when he undergoes knee surgery this week.
The news is yet another blow to Harlequins, who are yet to record a win in this season’s Premiership. Mehtens had been instrumental in the team’s promotion from National League One back into the Premiership.
On the back of a 42-33 defeat to log-leaders Wasps, Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards revealed the club’s loss of the former New Zealand flyhalf. Despite the shaky start to the season (Harlequins have lost their first three games) he confirmed his faith in the players to succeed at this level.
“I’m not that concerned because I still have huge faith in my side,” said Richards. “There are a lot of sides who have come here [the Causeway Stadium] and have been beaten, and we’re another team who has come here and been beaten quite comfortably.”
The major factor in this loss was the sinbinning of three Harlequins players. Wasps made the visitors pay for their indiscipline, piling on the points during these periods of advantage.
“The disappointing thing for me was how we were beaten,” Richards added. “Three yellow cards was not particularly good and they scored three or four tries in that period. It goes to show that discipline is of paramount importance.”