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- Aviva Premiership
- 6th Jan 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Kassam Stadium
- Att: 4,653
Conor O'Shea slams referee after Harlequins hold off London Welsh
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea launched a blistering attack on the referee after their 31-26 victory at London Welsh.
The bonus-point win sent Quins back to the top of the Aviva Premiership but they were far from comfortable, the Exiles battling back from 21-6 down to within five points before the champions sealed the victory.
O'Shea was nevertheless left unhappy with the match official, who he accused of a catalogue of errors.
"I'm unbelievably frustrated, you'd have to go a long way to see worse," he said.
"Everything was wrong - it was incredible. The offside line was irrelevant, trailing runners coming back was irrelevant, backing into the maul, not releasing in the tackle - all irrelevant.
"We were 21-6 up at half-time but bafflingly the penalty count was against us, how that can be?
"We have a feedback process for the referees but it's not actioned upon and it's very difficult at times.
"We played some magnificent running rugby in the first 45 minutes and that's what we should be talking about - our full-back, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, dazzling people with his footwork." said O'Shea.
Welsh head coach Lyn Jones was delighted with his team's spirited fightback and they picked up another precious losing bonus point.
"At half-time we were staring down the barrel," he said. "We started the second half well, we were still in there and we needed to get the first score, which we did.
"We had a chance to win but their class and ability shone through in the end. They are a very good side and it's a pity more sides don't play like them.
"We are showing determination and spirit and are good enough to stay in this league."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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