Connor O’Shea confident of retaining title as Harlequins edge closer to Premiership semi-finals


Quins ended a run of three straight league defeats by beating Bath.


By Tom Macleod

Conor O’Shea remains confident of retaining the Aviva Premiership title after Harlequins ended a sequence of three straight league defeats by beating Bath.

Danny Care and Ugo Monye tries, along with 13 points courtesy of Ben Botica’s boot, gave Quins a 23-9 win despite Bath leading 9-6 at the break at The Stoop.

And director of rugby O’Shea believes despite stuttering in the last few weeks, his troops will not relinquish the Premiership trophy without a fight.

“We are looking forward to the run-in. We know we have one more game to win to be top four,” O’Shea said.

“But somebody is going to have to take this title off us because we are not giving it up.

“We’ve done so much right this season and met so many challenges and this (Bath) was another challenge for us.

“That was a big mental test for us because when you go through a couple of weeks like we have, emotionally it would test anyone – we badly needed that”.

Quins need their one win from the two remaining regular season matches against Worcester Warriors and Northampton to book a semi-final spot.

And O’Shea added that his players needed some downtime to reverse the slump they found themselves in after the three league defeats and Heineken Cup exit.

“I thought the guys reacted incredibly well. We went to Spain for a few days to try and refocus – I think it helped,” he said.

“It gave us a chance to re-address and re-focus about what we want for the season. Never write us off.

“We were quite happy for people to write us off, we want to get in the top four and get our game on the park and that’s a start.”

Photo courtesy of Fearless Fred, with thanks.

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