Burnell takes heart from defeat

Date published: January 5 2015

London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell was upbeat after his side’s performance in their 24-13 defeat to Harlequins at the Kassam Stadium.

Despite it being their twelfth straight loss of the Premiership campaign, the Exiles were much improved and pushed Quins hard on Sunday.

And that has left Burnell in good spirits ahead of this weekend’s visit to Kingston Park to take on one of their relegation rivals, Newcastle.

“We are not a team that going to roll over as you saw today,” he said after the home loss.

“We’ve got nothing to lose now and hopefully our performances can improve to put us in good stead for next season.”

He added: “We showed great enthusiasm from the start and throughout.”

“We were 10-5 up minutes before the half-time whistle but when you up against players of this calibre, things turn on a sixpence but we still weren’t down in the dressing room at half-time.”

“We played the youngsters so it’s damned if you do or damned if you don’t. We tried to play with ambition throughout the game and that’s the way I want Quins to play even though it may not work at times.”

Meanwhile, Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea also praised the hosts saying that it is more a question of when not if London Welsh will pick up a win in the Premiership.

“Welsh will beat someone this season and we didn’t want to be that team,” he said.

“We got a bonus-point win so we are satisfied but we were inaccurate and very scratchy and probably played with too much width in the wrong areas of the field.”