Monday 20 November 2017

Quins must finish the job: O'Shea

CONOR O'Shea has warned that Harlequins' stunning Heineken Cup win over Toulouse "counts for nothing" unless they beat Gloucester tomorrow.

Quins' success in France almost four weeks ago kept them on course for an automatic quarter-final place from Pool Six.

They are now just one point behind the French side, who host Connacht tomorrow and then travel to Gloucester next Friday, while Quins entertain Gloucester before travelling to Galway.

Rugby director O'Shea said: "It has been a pretty tough run for the guys.

"As a group, we are getting used to playing massive games each week, and this is part of our learning curve.

"The victory in Toulouse was a seminal moment for the club, but it counts for nothing if it is not backed up."

Geordan expects an 'arm wrestle'

Leicester captain Geordan Murphy has predicted "an arm wrestle" when the Tigers fight to keep alive their Heineken Cup quarter-final hopes in Belfast tonight.

Pool Four leaders Ulster stand two points above Leicester with just two group games left, and if Ulster win at Ravenhill by more than seven points, then the Tigers are effectively looking at pool stage elimination for only a fifth time in 15 European campaigns.

"We are going to have to put in a very good performance up front, be defensively sound to stop them scoring tries and kick our goals," full-back Murphy said.

"It will be an arm wrestle, and hopefully we get a bit of luck."

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