O'Shea unimpressed with Quins win
November 30, 2012
Quins' Matt Hopper and George Robson celebrate at the Stoop © Getty Images
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea was unimpressed after the Aviva Premiership leaders ground out a 22-19 home victory over Worcester Warriors at The Stoop.
O'Shea saw his side pushed all the way by their visitors before clinching a win in the final stages of the match.
"Disappointing game - no momentum," was the damning verdict from director of rugby O'Shea. "It was the second week in a row that the opposition have given away 20 penalties against us.
"I hope their front five are alright because every single time there was momentum in the game there was a player getting injured. I hope they're OK. But we had plenty of our own things we didn't do well. It's a win - that's all you can say. We're pretty disappointed.
"There was just no flow, no momentum, no nothing in the game. We gave them an easy try off the kick-off, trying to play, then we conceded another soft try.
"It's a good lesson. We've won it and the guys dug themselves out but there's a lot of frustration in the way that game flowed. Twenty penalties is a heck of a lot. It wasn't a good game of rugby, not enjoyable but we'll take the four points."
Worcester stuck to their task despite having opening try-scorer David Lemi and No.8 Semisi Taulava sin-binned but there were no apologies from rugby director Richard Hill for the way they disrupted the Quins game. He said: "You have to do that to Quins. They like a fast, frantic game but that's the way it is."
Hill was, however, concerned about the 20 penalties his side conceded, and the fact that his scrum came off second best.
"The referee was really hot on the breakdown and we weren't rolling away," he said. "We weren't really listening to him because we were perhaps too keen to try and turn the ball over. We have got to learn from that.
"Looking at the front fives, we thought we should have dominated the scrum with the age and experience we had but it didn't happen."
But Hill was happy with the spirit his side showed to come away with a losing bonus point against the leaders, who only snatched victory thanks to a late drop goal from fly-half Nick Evans, who contributed 17 points.
"I was very pleased with the performance and the effort that went in," he said. "We have had that passion, intensity and desire at home and tonight it was about trying to replicate that away from home.
"The players gave everything and we had a real belief that we could win. To come here and outscore them by two tries to one was a psychological boost for us. We are back on track and looking forward to playing Perpignan in the Amlin (Cup) on Thursday."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The Scotland coach enters his first Six Nations with at least one familiar face to look to for inspiration - Joe Schmidt. He chats to Tom Hamilton
Italy coach Jacques Brunel spoke to ESPN ahead of his final season as Italy coach and tells of his desire to experiment and evolve
"There's no bull with me, I just tell it straight." Tom Hamilton talks to Warren Gatland in an exclusive interview
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton