O’Shea expecting to face Leicester’s best side ahead of Aviva Premiership semi-final


Harlequins have got back to winning ways.


By Tom Macleod

Conor O’Shea says a successful defence of Harlequins’ Premiership title would be better than their win last year ahead of the 2013 semi-final against Leicester.

O’Shea’s troops have got back to winning ways after losing three games in a row in March, beating Worcester and Northampton ahead of the clash at Welford Road.

And the Quins director of rugby is proud of the way his squad have played despite qualifying for the finals in third place behind Saracens and Leicester.

“This would be a greater achievement than last year. The way we have defended our title and the way the players have gone about it so far is a credit to them,” he said.

“Teams always seem to have their best sides out against us and play with intent and intensity, but we’ve kept on coming back.”

O’Shea is also optimistic over captain Chris Robshaw’s chances of coming back into the side at flanker after a recent injury.

The England captain was one of the high profile casualties of Warren Gatland’s squad, but O’Shea insists the 26-year-old is hungry for domestic success.

“He is pretty close, but if he doesn’t quite make it, Luke Wallace was magnificent against Northampton and we’ve got Mo Fa’asavalu and Tom Guest,” he said.

“Robbo is desperate to play and to get back out doing what he does best.”

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