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Season changer for Harlequins?

21st October 2013 06:32

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Tom Williams Clermont v Harlequins 2013 Heineken Cup

Positives to take: Harlequins

Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw believes there are positives to take from their 23-16 loss at Clermont in Sunday's Heineken Cup Pool match.

A late drop-goal from Nick Evans secured a losing bonus-point for the English side, who scored one try through Tom Williams in a spirited showing.

"We are disappointed not to have come away with more. You look at the record that they have here and credit to them," Robshaw after the defeat.

"We gave them three early tries but stayed in it and leave with a point because of a cracking drop goal by Nick to finish.

"In the Premiership we have started pretty slowly. Hopefully this game has really turned our season around. I'm incredibly proud of all the guys."

Harlequins came into the game on the back of a home defeat to the Scarlets, which Robshaw said rallied the team ahead of their Marcel Michelin trip.

"We had a telling off in the week, but we trained hard and well and came here with a point to prove, explained the England international.

"Unfortunately we didn't get the result, but to leave with a (bonus) point was good and we had some great performances out there.

"Players stuck their hand up and a lot of the young guys who came on off the bench made an impact, especially in an arena like that. It's not easy."

Robshaw added: "We thought we were very much in the game at half-time. We spoke about the quality in their side and if they scored three, we had to score four. That was our mentality all week.

"Our defence wasn't on it, but as you saw, as soon as we kept hold of the ball, we converted it just before the end of the half. That gave us the belief.

"The belief in this squad whether it's on the back of the run we've just had or when we've won quite a few games is always quite high."

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