Harlequins players apologise to fans

Date published: September 12 2014

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Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea revealed his players went and apologised to supporters following their 39-0 defeat.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea revealed his players went and apologised to supporters following their 39-0 defeat.

The 2012 Premiership champions were taken apart by Saracens at The Stoop on Friday evening.

Assessing the capitulation, Harlequins' worst defeat for four years, O'Shea called for a response going forward.

“The players went over to the crowd to apologise afterwards because that's not us,” said O'Shea.

“We were nilled at home in a match that we entered with huge expectations.

“We're shot to pieces because we certainly didn't see that coming. In emotional terms that's a big blow. We have to react to that. We can talk about it all we like, but we have to respond.

“We'll find that very difficult to take, but we have to take it. It's an incredible emotional low. We didn't see it coming.

“We won't read the players the riot act for something like that. It's sport and sometimes you come across things you can't explain.

“It's easy to read the riot act, but the players know exactly what they did.

“We needed to get the scoreboard going but never managed that. We had so much territory and possession but ended up on a 39-0 defeat.

“I'll give all credit to Saracens, they were outstanding.”

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