Boss O’Shea hails Harlequins’ tenacity

Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea hailed his side’s tenacity after the defending Aviva Premiership champions dug out a 26-15 win in Big Game 5 against London Irish.

Sixteen points from the boot of New Zealander Nick Evans, plus a Danny Care score and a late penalty try ensured Quins top the pile at the turn of the year.

In contrast, London Irish have now won just once in their last 10 games in all competitions and are anxiously looking over their shoulders despite 15 points from the point of Ian Humphreys.

O’Shea said: “The conditions were very difficult and it was frustrating. We made far too many handling errors.

“We felt we were dominated the whole way through but we just couldn’t get clear water to actually drive that home and we gave away some dumb penalties, which allowed Irish to stay in the game.

“They didn’t really come to play; they came to kick a lot of ball and live off our mistakes and unfortunately we made far too many.

“We take nothing for granted and that’s another win in the Premiership – we played brilliantly last week up at Northampton but you don’t reproduce that every week.

“On days like this you need to dig it out and that’s exactly what we did to get the win.

“Your peak is in April and May – but to get there you have to win games and you have to continually turn up with intensity.

“After two difficult games, London Welsh have got within seven points in every Premiership game and if we don’t turn up at the Kassam Stadium with intensity next week, we will be in trouble.

“We’re well placed in the league and in the Heineken Cup, if we can do a job against Connacht next up in Europe, there’s something very exciting out there for us in April.”



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