Robshaw targeting Toulouse
Chris Robshaw is hoping Quins can maintain their stunning form in Europe when they take on Toulouse in a Heineken Cup double-header.
Last Updated: 04/12/11 6:49pm
Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw is hoping his side can maintain their stunning form in Europe when they take on Toulouse in the upcoming Heineken Cup double-header.
Quins head into the European competition next week in the midst of a 14-match winning streak following their 22-16 derby victory over Wasps on Sunday.
The win, a 10th in a row in the league, keeps Quins nine points clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership table and sets the Londoners up perfectly for back-to-back meetings with the four-time European champions.
Robshaw told Sky Sports HD2: "It's pretty special. They are the big guns you want to play against in rugby. You have really got to test yourself and find out what you are about.
"Everyone is really looking forward to it. We will enjoy tonight and rest up and look forward to it next week."
Quins got off to the perfect start at Adams Park when centre Matt Hopper crossed with only seven minutes gone and Nick Evans converted.
However, Wasps recovered to dominate up front and two penalties from fly-half Nick Robinson meant they went in at the break just a point adrift.
But the visitors responded in style after the restart with Evans kicking a penalty before full-back Mike Brown made the most of superb handling by Robshaw and Hopper by collecting his own chip to touch down, and then flanker Luke Wallace collected scrum-half Danny Care's kick to repeat the dose.
Hopper's departure for the sin-bin helped to give Wasps fresh impetus as tries from full-back Hugo Southwell and England winger Tom Varndell kept them in touch, but with Robinson twice hitting a post, they were unable to reduce the deficit further as Quins held firm.
Robshaw said: "Our defence has been spot-on this year. We had a couple of lapses towards the end there, but the guys really fronted up today.
"It was about the squad. Some guys came in, the likes of Tom Casson and Charlie Matthews, and did exceptionally, so we are very pleased with today's efforts."
Robshaw was also delighted with the clinical nature of his side's finishing.
He said: "Last year, we struggled with that. We were getting into the final third, so to speak, and weren't clinical enough.
"This year, it has been the other way around. We have really taken our chances. We are a year wiser and have a lot more patience with the ball.
"If we show that patience and keep hold of the ball, we know either the other team will give a penalty away or hopefully we can break them with a try."