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Quins adventure impresses O'Shea

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea hailed his team's adventure after they beat Northampton 26-13 to secure back-to-back successes to start the new Aviva Premiership season.

While Quins had to rely on 16 points from the unerring boot of Nick Evans their high-tempo style was too much for Saints as the hosts went top of the fledgling table.

"I was happier than I felt after last week's win at Twickenham because I stressed the importance of upping the tempo of our game, and the players delivered," said O'Shea.

"We lost a grip on our set-piece later in the game, but our defence stood firm in the face of some very intense pressure. I am delighted to go into the weekend top of the Aviva Premiership. But you win nothing this time of the season. Victory is a building-block.

"The players see all their hard work from pre-season rewarded and confidence grows as a result. We expected a physical battle and got one. We met it head on and, I believe, played with more adventure over the 80 minutes."

The hugely impressive Evans kicked 16 points as he landed all six of his shots on goal. The former New Zealand fly-half has now scored from 13 consecutive goal-attempts in two games, further evidence that he has been overlooked by his country prematurely.

But then the same could be said for Lions and England wing Ugo Monye who scored a wonderful try, defended like a Trojan and impressed his boss.

O'Shea added: "Ugo wants to be down in New Zealand with England. He's very disappointed to be dropped from the squad, so the way the guy is playing for us says everything about the man's character."

Monye made no bones about it, adding: "I am playing with a point to prove because I am very disappointed to miss the World Cup after spending so long in the squad.

"But I am fortunate to be in such a wonderful club, where you are lifted and supported when your chin is down. And we have supporters here who make me feel 10 feet tall. This was a massive effort for us against a quality side and we are very pleased with the way we defended."

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