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O'Shea prepared to fight to the end

12th April 2014 09:11

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SKY_MOBILE Conor OShea Harlequins

Staying positive: Conor O'Shea

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea is prepared for a fight "to the bitter end" as his side aim to qualify for the Premiership play-offs.

The London-based outift's 27-12 victory over Sale Sharks moved them into fifth place on the table three points ahead of Sale, who are fifth, and just a point behind Bath in fourth.

Although Bath can extend their lead if they beat Gloucester on Saturday, O'Shea's side are least still in contention for a spot during the knockout stages of the competition.

"It's game-by-game at the moment," said O'Shea.

"We're not going to talk about challenging for anything, it's game-by-game. We'll go to the bitter end and, if we play with an intent and intensity, we are a decent side."

Quins have experienced some difficult times this season, due to injuries and international call-ups but O'Shea believes that they are beginning to regain their best form, especially with their England players back form six Nations duty.

"We've won 10 of 14 since our start so we're not rubbish," he added. "Our squad have been incredible, we've had to fight tooth and nail because of what we've been through injury-wise and are still going through.

"This squad is incredibly tight and they love a challenge. We've given ourselves a mountain but we're going to fight every single step of the way.

"I just like it when we're mentally sharp, when we're going for it, taking quick lineouts and looking to challenge the opposition all the time.

"We've got one ferocious challenge coming down to the Stoop next week (when we play Leicester), but I think the crowd will know that we're back."

Meanwhile, Sale boss Steve Diamond admitted that they were outplayed by Quins, but he was frustrated after referee Wayne Barnes' decided not to award them a try midway through the second half because of a handling error.

"The decision not to award a try was a dominant feature in the game," said Diamond.

"At 20-12 it could have been an exciting last 17 or 18 minutes, but those decisions are made.

"We accept it, but he was quick to the Television Match Official whereas he wasn't as quick on their two tries. We certainly feel a little bit aggrieved with their fourth try where they were clearly offside and the third try where they were holding people on the ground.

"But he's a world class referee isn't he? We know how good he is and he doesn't make many errors."

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