O’Shea upbeat ahead of European games

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea said his side’s impressive 23-16 victory over Wasps has set them up perfectly for crucial back-to-back games against Leinster when the Champions Cup resumes in December.

Quins sit top of Pool Two after two wins from two games, just above the Irish province.

O’Shea said: “It’s fantastic and they will be really tough games but it’s a long way off.

“Our leading players face a huge four weeks with England and the LVCup coming up. It’s a chance to give the legs of Nick Easter and Nick Evans a rest.

“We want to keep the feel good factor though.”

Quins trailed 10-6 after Joe Simpson crossed for the hosts, but Charlie Matthews went over to earn a 13-10 half-time advantage for O’Shea’s side.

A penalty try midway through the second half and a total of 13 points from the boot of Nick Evans ensured victory for Quins

“We should have taken more chances but I’m delighted as it takes a good side to do that to Wasps at Adams Park,” O’Shea added.

“It was a big step forward as it was a hugely physical performance from us as people say we can’t win against sides that are physical against us.”

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