HARLEQUINS kick-off their Heineken Cup campaign in Cardiff on Saturday with Blues skipper Paul Titos advice ringingintheirears:ForgetBloodgate and get on with the rugby. The Quins had their summer break ruined by the scandal surrounding the use of a fake blood capsule in last years quarter-final against Leinster, a row which saw director of rugby Dean Rich- ards resign before he was banned from coaching for three years. The club were also fined a record 260,000 and their former physio Steph Brennan joined Edwards on the banned list. They were lucky not to be thrown outof theHeinekenCupaltogetherand, until Saturdays win over Bath, the Premierships second-best club last seasonhadyettowinagamethiswinter as they struggled to shake off the after- effects of the storm. But New Zealander Tito told Quins before Saturdays show down in Cardiff: The best thing they can do is get out there in the Heineken Cup and show everyone what they are made of. I am sure we will see a very deter- mined Harlequins team this year in Europe. We played them two years ago in the competition and they are a good team. Obviously whatevers gone has gone for them and I am sure they just want to get out and play some rugby. They cant do anything about it. I feel sorryforthemactually.EverytimeIpick up a newspaper or see a TV report, peo- ple are still going on about it. Come on you know. Lets get on with it. I am sure the players will be exactly the same. Like the Quins, the Blues have their own problems after last seasons Euro- pean crusade -- but it had nothing to do with cheating. They went out one stage later in the semi-finals, beaten by Leicester in rug- bys first-ever penalty-shoot-out at the Millennium Stadium. Tito admitted: I havent actually watched a replay of the shoot-out yet. Its still burning inside us to have come so close and yet ended up so far. It would obviously be nice to go one step further this year, but thats a long way away. Up until that semi-final, the Blues had swept all before them in Europe, win- ning seven out of seven games. You look back on it and it was an out- standing year, said Tito. 42 Thursday, 8 October 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Hampshire give Jones final shot SIMON JONES has signed a three- year contract with Hampshire in a final bid to return to the form and fitness that made him an Ashes hero in 2005. The seam bowler left Worcestershire after yet another injury-wracked campaign this summer. I feel that The Rose Bowl is a venue and a club where I can re- ignite my cricketing ambitions and at the same time, bring home some silverware to the club, he said. Countdown to Ashes, already! ENGLANDS defence of the Ashes will begin in Brisbane next November. Just over a month after Andrew Strauss side memorably reclaimed the famous urn at The Oval, the first steps towards their defence have been mapped out. The five-Test series will begin at Brisbanes Gabba ground on 25 November, followed by Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and finishing in Sydney. Sarries add to Wembley dates SARACENS have announced two more Wembley dates this season. The league leaders hosted Northampton at the national stadium last month, attracting nearly 45,000, and they will also tackle South Africa at the home of football on 17 November. And they have now added Premiership appointments with Worcester on Saturday, 13 February and Harlequins on Saturday, 17 April to the list. World Cup gets in rugbys way SOUTH AFRICAS rugby chiefs face a tough juggling act in their bid to squeeze in international fixtures during the early part of the 2010 home season. With the football World Cup being held in the country from 11 June to 11 July, most of the regular stadiums, including Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, will be out of bounds from late May FIFA takes full control of venues 15 days before the official kick-off. Nadal gets out the best China TOP SEED Rafa Nadal battled through a tricky second round tie against American James Blake today to reach the quarter-finals of the $6.6m China Open. The world No2, playing his first tournament since picking up an abdominal injury at the US Open, was not at his rampaging best but again proved his fitness by winning 7-5 6-7 6-3. I felt I played really well all the match, one of my best matches since the injury, he said. BY NEAL COLLINS HEINEKENCUP TomorrowLeinstervLONDONIRISH(8pm,SS2) SaturdayCardiffBluesvHARLEQUINS (1.35pm,SS2) EUROPEANCHALLENGECUP SundaySARACENSvRovigo(3pm), WASPSvRacingMetro(3pm) WEEKEND FIXTURES The biggest thing for me was to go away and win like we did against Biar- ritz and Gloucester. Then we had the two games in the stadium against Toulouse and Leicester. We didnt play our best rugby against theTigersandendeduplosingbyakick. But weve moved o. Like their London rivals, the Blues have won just one game in the Magners League this season. And with mighty Toulouse and north- erngiantsSaleSharksalsointheirpool, Tito adds: We wont be resting on the laurelsof lastyeargoingintothisyears tournament,especiallywiththepoolwe are in. If you did that, you could see yourself coming fourth pretty easily. Because we got so far last year doesntmeananythingforthis year, so we need to crack on really. If youarenotplayingwell in your bread and butter, which is our Magners League, it doesnt really mean much if youve had a good Heineken the year before. This will be former Wel- lington star Titos third seasoninEuropes top event and hes a big admirer of the concept. TheHeinekenCupisagreatcompeti- tion, he said. I think its marketed very well, the crowds are awesome. Lifting the trophy would definitely be the highlight of my career. I had a wee touch of it at the launch last week and it was a nice feeling! Leinsters big guns line up for the Exiles LONDON IRISH will face a full-strength, top-of-their-form Leinster at the RDS on Friday night. The reigning European champions have named World Cup-winning South Africa prop CJ van der Linde in their squad for the first time this season after his toe injury. Coach Michael Cheika has named an extended 28-strong group for the game which includes lock Malcolm OKelly. The 35-year-old played in Leinsters first-ever European Cup match 14 years ago -- against Milan in Italy back in 1995. Leinster top the Magners League after mauling Munster 30-0 on Saturday with Brian ODriscoll, Gordon DArcy and Shane Horgan among the try-scorers. Quins told to forget Bloody scandal, get on with the rugby But weve moved o. Like their London rivals, the Blues have won just one game in the Magners League this season. And with mighty Toulouse and north- erngiantsSaleSharksalsointheirpool, Tito adds: We wont be resting on the laurelsof lastyeargoingintothisyears tournament,especiallywiththepoolwe are in. If you did that, you could see yourself coming fourth pretty easily. Because we got so far last year doesntmeananythingforthis year, so we need to crack on really. If youarenotplayingwell in your bread and butter, which is our Magners League, it doesnt really mean much if youve had a good Heineken the year before. This will be former Wel- lington star Titos third seasoninEuropes top event and for the Exiles LONDON IRISH will face a full-strength, top-of-their-form Leinster at the RDS on Friday night. The reigning European champions have named World Cup-winning South Africa prop CJ van der Linde in their squad for the first European Cup match 14 years ago -- against Milan in Italy back in 1995. Leinster top the Magners League after mauling Munster 30-0 on Saturday with Brian ODriscoll, Gordon DArcy and Shane Horgan among the try-scorers. Injury crime: Tom Williams goes down and the Bloodgate scandal is about to erupt Massa drives again... or was it simulation? FELIPE MASSA is on course to complete a remarkable comeback after returning to Ferraris Maranello factory this week. Massa was yesterday behind the wheel of the teams static simulator in which he completed six hours of work. As revealed in LiteSport yesterday, the Brazilian is targeting a return for the final Grand Prix of the season at Abu Dhabi on 1 November after admitting he would not be ready for an emotional comeback in his home Grand Prix at Interlagos next week. Yesterdays drive on the simulator is all part of ensuring the 28-year-old is ready to step back into the cockpit of a F1 car next week. Massa is due to drive a 2007- spec Ferrari just over 11 weeks after having life-saving surgery following an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, when he was hit by a spring off Rubens Barrichellos suspension. Massa said: We worked very well, without any problems. The simulator uses an A1GP single-seater, so its not exactly like F1, but pretty close. US F1 team principal Ken Anderson has revealed the team will be ready to test in January ahead of their debut season next year. The Charlotte-based team will be one of three new outfits on the grid for 2010. Anderson said: It has been quite a ride since we started the team last year. Our timing is according to plan, with an early November roller and a finished car in time for January 2010 testing. 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