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O'Shea relieved after Quins win

Harlequins rugby director Conor O'Shea was relieved to see his team clinch a first win of the season as they triumphed 40-13 over Exeter but admits they still have plenty to prove.

The class of former All Blacks fly-half Nick Evans shone through, with his man-of-the-match performance containing 20 points from four penalties and four conversions.

O'Shea said: "We've been very frustrated with our start to the season. We needed the win desperately because supporters forget how we played in those games without winning, but it was not a perfect performance, just a badly needed victory."

He continued: "We studied referee Sean Davey beforehand and he gave four penalties against us in the first half, two were right in my opinion, two were not. They are a good Exeter team and there is no question that having two men binned makes a big difference and that cost them.

"But we wanted to see where we were after five games and once we've played a hugely motivated Newcastle next week we'll have a much clearer picture."

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter made no excuses, claiming his players had lacked the "desperation" they displayed in the first three games since winning promotion.

Baxter said: "A few things contributed to the scoreboard. We didn't turn up in the frame of mind of desperation we've had in previous games, and we did not show ourselves at our best.

"A couple of early injuries and then some poor penalties meant that the referee decided which team he was going to penalise, and we did not make our own lives easy. It was our poorest game of the four since coming up.

"We had things level despite hardly getting off the bus during the first 10 minutes, but we did not take the opportunities came our way. Scores likes this can happen between established Premiership clubs if one side gets things right on the day.

But it will be on our minds for a while. Some of the penalties were fair, some tough, some I'm not sure about until I watch the video. This for us was a poor one, but we are still two out of four and we are learning about what you need to succeed at this level."


From Belfast Telegraph