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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 3
- 13th Oct 2012
- KO 18:00
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 13,815
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea allays fears over injury to Nick Evans
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea revealed that Nick Evans will be out for "weeks rather than months" with the ankle injury sustained in the 40-13 Heineken Cup victory over Biarritz.
Evans, the English champions' chief playmaker, limped off after 17 minutes with his left ankle heavily strapped and was later walking on crutches.
"Nick will have his foot in a boot for a little while and we'll see what it's like," O'Shea said.
"There's no break but there's a little bit of damage. We need to wait 24-48 hours and get it scanned.
"He won't be available against Connacht next Saturday, that's for sure, but it will be weeks rather than months."
An impressive performance by replacement Ben Botica, the 23-year-old son of rugby league great Frano, ensured Evans' absence was barely felt.
Botica kicked 18 points to suggest there is life after Evans should the former New Zealand fly-half - one of Europe's most sought-after players - reject a new contract at Twickenham Stoop.
"Like father like son - his goalkicking is pretty special. He ran the game really well and attacked the line," O'Shea said.
"It was the biggest match he's ever played in, so his performance was a massive, massive plus. Ben was outstanding."
England scrum-half Danny Care was superb, as was number eight Nick Easter whose strong form is generating momentum behind calls for his international return.
"Nick is absolutely magnificent and he will keep on knocking until someone answers," O'Shea said.
"It's great for us but Nick is ambitious and is desperate to play for England.
"The boys are giving him a going-over in the dressing room, saying the England bandwagon has started again."
Of the game itself, O'Shea added: "This is the Heineken Cup and this is Biarritz. If you believe any team will just blast them away, it won't happen," .
"The players were so positive at half-time and that was good. We kept on trying to play and we knew the scores would come.
"I'm absolutely delighted with the response because last week against Exeter (43-28 defeat) we learned you have to work hard in every minute of every game."
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|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|15:15||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|14:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Munster vs Clermont Auvergne|
|TBC||Sale vs Saracens|
|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ulster vs Scarlets|
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