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Conor O'Shea hails 'job well done' as Quins close on home quarter-final

Last Updated: 15/12/12 7:09pm

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Nick Evans in action against Zebre

Nick Evans in action against Zebre

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Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea was delighted with his side as they moved within one point of a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup.

Their 53-5 hammering of Zebre leaves them on the brink of a Stoop showdown next year but the Italian minnows gave them a decent battle in the first half before tiring.

"We want to be at home in the quarter-final in April. People say that we are stuttering along but we've won 13 out of 16 in all competitions," O'Shea said.

"We are unbeaten in Europe, top of the Premiership and have won both our LV=Cup games. We were imprecise today and made mistakes but it was ultimately a job well done.

"We want to be at home in the quarter-final in April. People say that we are stuttering along but we've won 13 out of 16 in all competitions."
Conor O'Shea

"We scored over 50 points in each of the two games against them. Before we first played them I read out their scores to our players and it showed that after 55 minutes of each game they had been in contention so they take some breaking down.

"When I stopped looking the penalty count was 24-4 in our favour. That's the fourth game in a row that sides have conceded over 20 penalties against us and it shows what teams are trying to do to stop us playing.

"Treviso are a good side but Zebre only came together in August so it's difficult for them to compete. We all want Italian rugby to be strong but they get three times as much money as we do from the ERC which I think needs addressing."

Zebre lock Josh Sole said: "Full credit to Harlequins, their scrummage power was awesome and they taught us a huge lesson in the past couple of weeks.

"It's demoralising to give away so many penalties as at international level you are supposed to restrict it to under 10."

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