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- 3rd Nov 2012
- KO 17:15
- Ground: The Stoop
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Conor O'Shea paid triubute to Mike Brown after Harlequins regained top spot
Director of rugby Conor O'Shea was full of praise for full-back Mike Brown after Harlequins returned to the top of the table with a 28-25 victory over Gloucester.
Quins went into the match without skipper Chris Robshaw, winger Ugo Monye, scrum-half Danny Care and prop Joe Marler, all on duty with England.
But Brown, who was released from the England training camp this weekend, scored the opening try and Nick Easter led the side ably in Robshaw's absence.
O'Shea said: "I thought the lads really stepped up. Nick is an outstanding leader and Brown reacted phenomenally in the way he played tonight. His involvement in the game was huge.
"He's absolutely outstanding in the fundamentals of full-back play. He scores tries, he takes responsibility.
"I hope he gets the opportunity to play at home in a Test match from the start over these next few weeks.
"I'm not saying anything against Ben Foden, who is a great player - injured - and Alex Goode, in outstanding form, but Mike Brown for two years has been absolutely the best full-back in the country."
Gloucester managed a late try and O'Shea added: "We were frustrated to give them a (losing) bonus point at the end of the game but we are not arrogant enough to think any game is easily won.
"Having beaten Gloucester, who are the form side, we are pretty happy with where we are."
Nigel Davies, the Gloucester rugby director, said: "I'm disappointed because we didn't play particularly well but I'm very proud of how well the boys fought. The spirit in this team is great.
"The third try just before half-time was a killer but Quins are a good team - I like the way they play. Not many teams will come here and get a result."
We keep fighting
Gloucester salvaged their late point despite the sin-binnings of Shane Monahan and Ben Morgan, and Davies added: "Most teams' heads would have dropped when they went down to 14 men.
"Although we lost I think we put a marker down again. We never give up, we keep fighting.
"I was disappointed we didn't play enough with the ball. In fairness to Harlequins, they took their opportunities."
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|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|Wasps 36 - 29 Exeter|
|Saturday 25th April|
|Northampton 25 - 20 Saracens|
|Gloucester 42 - 40 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 38 - 17 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 25 Harlequins|
|Friday 24th April|
|Bath 43 - 18 London Irish|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
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