O'Shea chirpy after success
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea was delighted to come away from the Sportsground with the spoils after a 30-22 win over Connacht.
Ben Botica kicked 20 points on his first Heineken Cup start for Quins, while his half-back partner Danny Care was crowned man-of-the-match after scoring two crucial tries.
Speaking afterwards, 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."
He added: "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)."
With Care's try double before the break, there was a sense that Quins might kick on with the wind behind them. However, O'Shea was mindful of what a difficult place Galway can be to get a win at.
"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."
Meanwhile, Connacht head coach Eric Elwood was left to rue that 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."