Harlequins general manager Billy Millard has praised the players for the way they have overcome adversity this season as they look to secure a spot in the Premiership semi-finals.

The hosts need a bonus-point victory over Bath Rugby at The Stoop on Saturday to book their place in the end-of-season knockout stage with two games to spare.

It would complete a remarkable turnaround since the departure of Paul Gustard at the beginning of the year, having won just two of their six league games at that point.

And while Millard is anticipating a tough challenge against the visitors, he believes the mental toughness Quins’ players have shown in this campaign could be the difference.

“We face a challenge in the shape of Bath this week,” he said.

“They’re traditionally a team with a relatively even balance of forward power and skilful backs; and we felt that the last time we played them at The Stoop.

“While we are in a different place now to that game last September, we have been working hard over the last fortnight to cover all our bases to give ourselves the best possible run-in to the end of the regular season, with securing our playoff spot the ultimate goal in the short-term.

“I’ve been impressed with the way the team has overcome adversity over the last few months. With red cards, injuries and suspensions doing their best to halt our progression, the boys stood back, took a breath and pressed on.

“That resilience is the kind of mental toughness required to win at the highest level and I’m proud to say I have full faith in the team’s ability to go forward and finish this season on a positive.”

Saturday’s game will see supporters return to The Stoop for the first time in nine months as the hosts look to seal a semi-final berth for the first time in seven years.

The coaching team have named an unchanged starting XV from their defeat to Leicester Tigers last time out, although two tweaks have been made to the replacements.

Back row Archie White replaces the injured James Chisholm on the bench in the 20 jersey while outside back Aaron Morris returns to the matchday squad for the first time since March.

Meanwhile, the women’s side will attempt to knock Saracens off their perch on Sunday when they contest the Premier 15s final for a third time (2018, 2019) at Kingsholm.

And Quins head coach Gerard Mullen is well aware of the magnitude of the silverware showdown, insisting he has full faith in his team’s ability to return to South-West London with the trophy.

“I have no doubt it will be a tight game, but I believe in our preparation and as a squad we’ve done all we can to ensure that we can go that one step further this season and come home with some silverware,” he said.

“I’m sure the level of play and the physicality will be very high. I believe Saracens will want to play tough but knockout rugby is a bit different. It will probably come down to the finer margins so it will feel more like a test game rather than a standard league fixture.

“No doubt about it, it will be a great spectacle for everyone watching, whether at the ground, at home or watching around the world.”