James Chisholm believes Harlequins’ recent performances can help propel them to Gallagher Premiership glory heading into the business end of the season.

Quins went down to a disappointing 26-19 defeat against Clermont to bring their Heineken Champions Cup campaign to a premature halt on Saturday, finishing third in Pool 3 as Clermont and Ulster progressed into the knockout stages.

But Paul Gustard’s team have been in promising form in recent weeks, winning away at both Wasps – where they came back from 17-0 down – and Bath to lift them to eighth in the Premiership table and five points off the play-off places.

And back rower Chisholm, who captained Quins in their final Champions Cup game at Twickenham Stoop this weekend, says his side can take confidence from their recent displays ahead of their domestic clash against Saracens on Sunday.

“I think we’ve worked really, really hard and played some really nice rugby recently,” the 24-year-old said.

“I feel like we’ve picked up some good momentum heading back into the Premiership in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s just so, so hard – I feel like we’ve played really well and we’re almost there in terms of winning big games in Europe and winning competitions like the Champions Cup.

“Guys coming in and out of the squad is really important – there are a lot of games this season and you’ve got to use your squad, and I feel like we’ve done that really well and the guys who have come in have done really well.

“I think it will be easier next week against Saracens for the crowd to get up for it and for the lads to be buzzing for it – it’s a massive game and everyone loves a derby day, and the crowd always get involved.

“I’m sure there’ll be that 16th man there next week and everyone is really looking forward to it.”

Quins’ next opponents were this week relegated from the Premiership for their continued breach of salary cap regulations, adding further attention to the eagerly anticipated London derby.

Mark McCall’s team currently prop up the Premiership table following their 35-point deduction – and £5.36million fine – for their salary cap breach but moved into the Champions Cup quarter-finals following their 27-24 victory over Racing 92.

And Gustard is relishing the contest at Twickenham Stoop, as his side seek to seize the bragging rights in the capital and continue their pursuit of the play-off places.

“We’re coming up a big, powerful team in Saracens and there’s that local rivalry of course,” he said.

“I’m sure they’ll play a lot of their internationals and it’ll be a good, hotly-contested, abrasive and aggressive physical encounter.

“The performances have been really good over the last few weeks, and we’re a team who have been finding their feet again in the face of adversity.

“We’ve had a lot of knock-backs this year, and I think the crowd recognise that, so that’s what we need again next week.”