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O'Shea: we won't get carried away

Conor O'Shea

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea played down the significance of his side's fine start to the season following their 42-6 thrashing of Gloucester at The Stoop.

Quins ran in five tries in a convincing bonus-point victory over Gloucester to claim a third successive win of the new campaign, following successes against London Irish and Northampton.

"We won't be getting carried away any time because our next job is our next minute," he said. "It's not about winning the game today, it's about the next minute of the next game. So we are not getting carried away at all because this is a marathon."

He added: "We are comfortable with the way we are trying to play, the shape we have, the intensity we have.

"But we know that in the next minute of the next game, if we don't approach it with the intensity and physicality we need to, we will be blasted, and that's not going to happen."

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath refused to use the absence of senior players away at the World Cup as an excuse for what he termed a "rubbish" display.

"That was unacceptable," he said. "It was a poor performance and pretty embarrassing in some of it. It would be dull and rude to use players that are away as an excuse.

"I think the players were more than capable of competing and putting up a better show than that today. We were extremely dull around penalties and discipline.

"We should have a good look at ourselves because that was a poor performance. We were not competitive enough.

"It's not a massive concern. If we were doing it every week I would be concerned. When you have weather conditions like that the basics have to be really good and our basics were poor. We turned over ball, we dropped ball and lost some set-piece. As a collective unit we were rubbish."