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Conor O'Shea still wants more from Harlequins

Published 02/04/2016

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea sees room for improvement
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea sees room for improvement

Conor O'Shea stressed Harlequins need to become more consistent despite watching his side score six tries in their 46-25 Aviva Premiership win over Newcastle Falcons.

Tim Visser scored twice and Jack Clifford, Joe Gray, Joe Marchant and Marland Yarde also crossed the whitewash at the Twickenham Stoop as Quins kept pace with the leading pack, and they currently sit five points off the top four.

But O'Shea's men were made to work for the win despite what the final scoreline suggested, as Nili Latu's double and Marcus Watson's try meant Newcastle only trailed 28-25 with under 20 minutes remaining.

Harlequins director of rugby O'Shea said: "We knew from their team selection with Sinoti Sinoti and Marcus Watson picked that they were going to have a go.

"With the players coming back, they're beginning to bed in and you can see that when we have the ball in hand we need to be consistent.

"It's nice to get that win, score some good tries and have that vibe.

"And it was nice to see Matt Hopper come on to get his 100th game as well because he's been a massive servant and will be for years to come."

O'Shea also singled out Yarde for praise, adding: "He was very physical and he was involved all game, taking the ball. There were a couple of times when he was nearly away."

Newcastle's loss left them four points off the foot of the table, with a crucial fixture against basement side London Irish to come in their next Aviva Premiership contest in two weeks' time.

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said: "I'm disappointed. It's 'what might have been' had we not gifted them the three tries in the first half.

"It's probably that lack of accuracy which has haunted us all year. You have to react to those sorts of thing, which is the most important thing, and we didn't quite react to it.

"We knew they were going to have a go around the front of the line-out.

"We probably showed them too much respect in the first half.

"When we didn't show them any respect we scored three tries and I thought we looked pretty sharp then. But then we lost Sean Robinson to the bin and we started chasing the game."

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