Home team Away Team

Connacht

  • McSharry,
    Penalty goals: Parks (5),
    Conversions: Parks,
22 - 30

Harlequins

  • Care (2),
    Penalty goals: Botica (6),
    Conversions: Botica,

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea happy with position in Heineken Cup Pool 3

Last updated: 21st October 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Eric Elwood January 2012

Eric Elwood: end of the firts half was crucial

 Conor OShea - Harlequins Aviva Premiership

Conor O'Shea: two wins from two so far

Related links

News

Teams

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea is happy with his side's position in Pool 3 after they claimed a second straight win with a 30-22 victory at Connacht.

O'Shea said: "We are very comfortable to have nine points (after our first two pool matches). To have denied both Biarritz and Connacht a losing bonus point is a huge thing.

"We have put ourselves in a very good position, but we learned a lesson two weeks ago in Exeter. If we mess around and don't come with our 'game heads' on, any team can do a job and we want to do a job in six or eight weeks' time (against Zebre).

"Do you come here and have an easy ride? I have been coming here all my life and you don't," he admitted.

"When a team base a lot of their season around one match, you see the build-up around it, you feel the crowd and you give them that bit of energy by getting your defensive line wrong in the first try - well, you are going to be in a game."

Connacht head coach Eric Elwood was left to rue an 11-minute spell before half-time during which Quins scored 15 points without reply.

"We were leading 19-9 at that stage and they got 15 unanswered points. One of them (the Care tries) was a soft set piece try. They are a good side and once you give them the ball they are just so good," he said.

"At half-time it was 65-35 per cent possession and you cannot give teams like Harlequins that amount of possession. We had a plan that we wanted to attack from deep - there is no point kicking to a team like Harlequins.

"It was a full house and we wanted to challenge them and we showed that with the possession in the first half. Unfortunately we did not get enough in the second half."Elwood felt his side deserved a losing bonus point for their collective efforts, the highlight of which was a superb early try from young centre David McSharry.

"We fought to the bitter end. The only thing I am disappointed with is that we got nothing out of the game - a bonus point would have been something for their efforts tonight."

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet

European Rugby Champions Cup Table

European Rugby Champions Cup Table - January 19 2014
Pos Team P Pts
4 Zebre 6 0
Forthcoming European Rugby Champions Cup Fixtures
TimeFixture
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday 17th October
European Rugby Champions Cup
19:45Harlequins vs Castres
Saturday 18th October
13:00Sale vs Munster
15:15Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne
19:45Leicester vs Ulster
15:15Glasgow vs Bath
17:15Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton
Sunday 19th October
17:15Leinster vs Wasps
15:15Toulon vs Scarlets
13:00Toulouse vs Montpellier
13:00Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 24th October
19:45Munster vs Saracens
Saturday 25th October
13:00Ulster vs Toulon
19:45Scarlets vs Leicester
15:15Bath vs Toulouse
17:15Montpellier vs Glasgow
17:15Northampton vs Ospreys
Sunday 26th October
13:00Clermont Auvergne vs Sale
15:00Castres vs Leinster
17:15Wasps vs Harlequins
17:15Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92
Saturday 6th December
TBCMunster vs Clermont Auvergne
TBCSale vs Saracens
TBCCastres vs Wasps
TBCHarlequins vs Leinster
TBCUlster vs Scarlets

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com