O’Shea keeps faith in youthful side for Harlequins LV Cup Semi-Final against Bath


Quins are continuing their quest for an unprecedented treble of trophies.


By Tom Macleod

Harlequins continue their quest for an unprecedented treble of trophies and will look to improve on their last performance at home, a 16-27 loss to Exeter Chiefs last weekend in the Aviva Premiership.

Quins are on excellent form in the LV Cup ahead of Bath’s visit. They are the only team to come through the group stages of the competition with a played four, won four record.

Conor O’Shea will field a youthful side, as he has done throughout the LV Cup this season, and centre Tom Casson admits Bath may start as the favourites.

“We feel this is the first time we’ve been underdogs,” said the 23-year-old.

“We’ve got a lot of young players, we’ve got a lot of people coming back into the mix but it’s a really exciting bunch of players that want to have a real crack at it.

“Usually teams wouldn’t put out such a young side at this point in the competition but Conor has put his faith in us.

“There are some class players coming through and a lot of quality.

Bath will take heart from their last performance against Quins, a 21-18 win at The Rec in November and have lost just one of their last eight matches.

It is Bath’s third appearance at the semi-final stage of the LV Cup and are on the hunt for their first win at The Stoop since 2006.

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