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O'Shea gunning for play-offs

Conor O'Shea promised Harlequins would continue applying pressure in the race for the Aviva Premiership play-offs after Leicester were dispatched 24-20 at Twickenham Stoop.

The win leaves Quins just one point adrift of fourth-placed Bath, who visit south west London on May 10 in a potentially decisive fixture.

England full-back Mike Brown powered over in the 70th minute for the decisive score and O'Shea insisted his players are "buzzing" after posting three successive wins.

"We'd love for it to come down to us against Bath in that last game," the club's director of rugby said.

"If we keep on winning then we'll keep applying pressure and I'm sure there were a few people in the west country who were willing Leicester over the line, but it didn't happen.

"It was a belter of a game that had a bit of everything and more. It's always going to be Titanic between these teams.

"We created a huge amount, we played with ambition and there was a tempo to our game.

"I love seeing us playing like that, it's what we're about. The boys are buzzing and loving their rugby."

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill complained of inconsistency among referees in the Premiership.

A penalty try awarded by Tim Wigglesworth against a scrum that had disintegrated accounting for one of Quins' two tries as they ended Leicester's seven-match winning league run.

"What frustrates me is that in three matches this season it has hit double figures in resets before it gets to that point (awarding a penalty try)," Cockerill said.

"I just want to know how it will be refereed because from one week to the next the rules are different.

"I'll ask the question again and will get an answer, but who knows what will happen next. There's no consistency."


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