O’Shea relishing Leinster challenge

Date published: October 27 2014

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Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea is relishing the prospect of facing Leinster after his side claimed a 23-16 win over Wasps on Sunday.

Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea is relishing the prospect of facing Leinster after his side claimed a 23-16 win over Wasps on Sunday.

That result at Adams Park moved Quins to the top of Pool Two alongside Leinster, who fought back from a 12-point deficit to beat Castres 21-16.

And O’Shea is looking forward to facing the Irish province in back-to-back clashes next month with the first game taking place at the Stoop on December 6.

“It’s fantastic and they will be really tough games but it’s a long way off,” he said.

“Our leading players face a huge four weeks with England and with the LV=Cup 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 and I love watching us play especially when we perform with such intensity.”

The intensity which O’Shea is referring to helped them to victory over Wasps although Quins mat feel that they should have won by a bigger margin.

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

“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.”

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admitted that Quins were deserved winners.

“We were never in control from the word go, Quins were by far the better team and the final score-line flattered us,” he said.

“We lacked energy and it was a really flat performance from a very tired team. We’ve had some big performances this season but that caught up with us today and it was a reality check.”

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