Harlequins’ agonising Champions Cup exit is certainly a bitter pill to swallow but prop Mark Lambert insists the side will now attack the rest of the season with a point to prove.
Quins impressed last weekend in Castres, running in seven tries in a superb 47-19 win in miserable conditions in France.
But elsewhere in Pool Two Wasps secured a dramatic late draw with Leinster to knock Quins down to third in the table, remarkable considering they won four of their six games in the Pool.
That means that Quins’ European adventure is over for another year, and focus returns to domestic matters with the LV= Cup and then Aviva Premiership Rugby homing into view.
Harlequins won the league title back in 2012 after a painful European exit in Connacht and Lambert and co insist they will have to bounce back in similar fashion if they are to have a chance of making the semi-finals.
“It has been a tough pill to swallow, we must be one of the first teams in history to win four of our six games and not even finish runner-up,” said Lambert, who started at tight-head for Quins against Castres to ease their injury concerns in the front row.
“And the other results would have gone our way as well which rubs salt in the wound but we have no-one to blame but ourselves, we didn’t get anything at home to Wasps and that is what has cost us.
“It might be one of the oldest clich