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O'Shea hails pain game

Harlequins' imperious 53-15 Aviva Premiership demolition of in-form Gloucester came due to the players' overriding feelings of "pain" and "hurt", according to director of rugby Conor O'Shea.

The Londoners have slipped to three defeats in their last four Premiership matches and fell to a heartbreaking 21-20 home defeat to Newcastle Falcons in the LV= Cup semi-final last time out. But a hat-trick from Ugo Monye and a superb kicking display from Rory Clegg helped dismantle the visitors to the delight of O'Shea.

"It came from a combination of a lot of hurt we felt from a couple of weeks ago and the run we have been having," he said.

"Anybody that was down here and watched the Newcastle game in the LV= Cup would have seen some fantastic rugby but we just didn't finish. At times we probably played better rugby in that game."

Gloucester came into the match on the back of an 11-game winning streak and fresh from victory in the final of the Anglo-Welsh cup last Sunday.

O'Shea added: "With Gloucester you are bound to have a comedown of some sorts when you win a bit of silverware and then they were hit by a team that had a lot of pain, a lot of hurt. It showed last week when Ireland came out [against England in the RBS 6 Nations] with a lot of pain and hurt what you can do and we went about it in the right way."

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath admitted it was his side's worst performance in two years and "unacceptable" from his players.

"We were dreadful," he said. "I think Quins had more energy than us, that was pretty obvious. I thought they looked a bit more energised than we did but, on the whole, I thought we were dreadful.

"We fell off tackles that we hadn't fallen off previously and made it pretty easy to score against us on certain occasions.

"In the first half the game was gone at 24-3 because we never controlled any field position or possession. It happened we have got to get on with it and deal with it."


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