Welford Road win delights O'Shea
Harlequins coach Conor O'Shea was thrilled after his side got their LV= Cup campaign off to an impressive start with a 34-25 win at Leicester.
Quins played some fine rugby in difficult conditions, scoring three excellent tries to secure their first victory at Welford Road since 1997.
O'Shea said: "We are delighted. This competition is important to us and we've got off to a great start. The two teams played some great counter-attacking rugby running from deep in the conditions, with Gonzalo Camacho particularly impressive."
The Argentinian wing made one try for Tom Guest and scored another when he collected a clever cross-field kick from the equally impressive Nick Evans. Quins and Leicester meet again in the Aviva Premiership in a fortnight's time and O'Shea will rest some of his key men next week to keep them fresh for the return to Welford Road.
"I'm happy with this result because they still had eight internationals on the field to our five," he said. "I will be resting certain players for next Sunday's match against Newcastle because it will be a massive task when we come up here (in two weeks)."
Leicester coach Richard Cockerill was honest in his assessment of his side's performance, admitting some players had let themselves down.
"I have no complaints," he said. "I thought the side I selected was good enough to win. I have no regrets but I learnt a lot about certain people. Some boys put their hands up for future selection but some guys let themselves down.
"They took their chances. We coughed up too much ball in our own half and they played the conditions better with experience at 10 (Evans, who scored 19 points)".
Leicester host Australia on Tuesday and Cockerill has vowed to field as good a side as he can.
"I will be selecting the strongest available side on Tuesday," he said. "I won't have the Argentinians and Italians available but Billy Twelvetrees will be in. He was impressive and we took him off to protect him for Tuesday."