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Davis pays tribute to players

Bath skills coach Brad Davis paid tribute to his side's "attitude and desire" after a 19-15 victory over Harlequins that eased their fears over Heineken Cup qualification next season.

But clambering over the Londoners into that all-important sixth place in the Aviva Premiership came at a cost, with blindside flanker Stuart Hooper feared to have broken his arm and lock Peter Short taken off with a hamstring pull. Prop David Flatman was also ruled out just before kick-off with a tight hamstring.

Davis said: "It was always going to be a tense affair with the two sides so closely matched but what you can't fault at all is the desire of our guys. That second 40 was monumental."

He added: "We were disappointed with the first 40 but happy to get in at half-time and not to have conceded (a try). They targeted us at the ruck and got a bit of change out of that but we spoke at half-time and tightened things up a little bit. After that, our first-up hits were a lot more accurate.

"You look at their team sheet - Danny Care, Nick Evans, Nick Easter, Ugo Monye, Mike Brown - for us to pretty much nullify those threats over 80 minutes was outstanding."

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea made no attempt to hide his disappointment at a performance he said lacked "intensity".

"We didn't play as we could. Everyone is very disappointed. For the first 20-25 minutes of the second half, we were average beyond belief. That wasn't a performance level that anyone can be happy with.

"We needed to score a try today and we didn't. We want to be a good side to win, not to watch."

But O'Shea refused to write off his team's chances of qualifying for the Heineken Cup next season, saying: "We now need to go up to Leeds and a do a job against a side fighting for their lives."


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