Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

O'Shea plays down talk of title

Conor O'Shea

Harlequins' director of rugby Conor O'Shea insists his side are not thinking about winning the Aviva Premiership title despite maintaining their unbeaten record with an eighth straight victory against Bath at The Rec.

The 26-13 success was secured thanks to tries from their superb skipper Chris Robshaw and full-back Mike Brown, with fly-half Nick Evans adding 16 points with the boot in a typically assured display. It was Quins' 11th consecutive win in all competitions, stretching back to their Amlin Challenge Cup triumph over Stade Francais in May.

But O'Shea thinks his side are keeping their feet on the ground, and said: "We have not set any goals. Obviously we have goals to win matches and goals to win silverware but we don't need to come out and say that."

He added: "We look more for a good performance and a clarity in the style we want to play.

"There are things you can't control in games, but you can control your performances."

Bath rugby director Sir Ian McGeechan had few complaints about his side's defeat, bemoaning a costly lack of accuracy in their play.

But there is some positive news for the former Scotland and Northampton boss with the impending arrival of new signing Stephen Donald, The All Blacks' fly-half is fresh from kicking the winning points in the World Cup final victory over France, but McGeechan says he will not look to rush the ex-Waikato man into his side ahead of their Heineken Cup campaign.

"He arrives tomorrow," confirmed McGeechan. "We are hoping he will bring good game management, a bit like Nick Evans showed today.

"He is a clever player, you don't need to overcomplicate it, you want him to bring what he naturally has and integrate it into what we have.

"He needs an understanding of what we are trying to do and of our options."