Don't let Maurie Fa'asavalu hear you say the LV=Cup is just a tin pot trophy these days.
Once a proud cup open to all English clubs, it has lost its way since becoming the Anglo Welsh Cup and excluding teams below the top flight nine years ago, and has become something of a reserve competition for Premiership clubs to field fringe players in.
Quins, who won the tournament last year with a 32-14 win over Sale in the final at Worcester, resume their attempt to retain the trophy at home to Leicester tomorrow, having lost their opening two games to Exeter and Sale.
For Fa'asavalu, who made his return from a three-month injury lay off in Quins' 22-20 win over Scarlets on Sunday, which secured them an Amlin Cup quarter-final place, the game will be much more than just an opportunity to blow off some cobwebs and gain some match fitness.
He said: “I have won a trophy every year since I came to Harlequins – the Amlin Cup in 2011, the Premiership in 2012 and the LV= Cup in 2013 – and I would like to keep that record up.
“My mentality in my career is always to win trophies. You see so many fantastic players who retire with nothing to show for it. When I am 50 or 60, I want to show my kid what I have achieved.
“To me, every cup is an opportunity. Playing in a cup final is the best thing in your career, and tt's never easy to win any cup, you always have to do it the hard way.
“That's why, despite the disappointment of being out of the Heineken Cup, we are happy with progressing into the Amlin Cup. We are still fighting on three fronts, and it's up to us now to put our hands up and say we want to be in contention for these trophies for the rest of the season.”
Quins boss Conor O'Shea has said he intends to use the LV= Cup to ease back in some of the long term injured, like Fa'asavalu, Rob Buchanan and Jordan Turner-Hall, meaning a much stronger squad for the run-in.
For Fa'asavalu, making his return in the win over Scarlets went some way towards making up for getting injured on the home defeat to the same side back in October, meaning he missed pretty much the whole Heineken Cup campaign.
He added: “It was frustrating being out that long, but it's one of those things, and part of the package of playing rugby. Some seasons you go injury-free, and then you are hit with one.
“I was originally only supposed to be part of the travelling party to go to Scarlets, but then I was needed on the bench, and before I knew it I was back on the pitch.
“The boys did a good job. Both teams like to play an expansive game, so it was a good game of rugby, but dominated the last 10 minutes, and that saw us through.”