O’Shea content to win ugly until Quins hit stride

PRAGMATIC Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea insists results are all that matters early in the Aviva Premiership season as they prepare to welcome Northampton to the Stoop.

Quins were an Andy Goode conversion, which hit the post, away from beginning the new season with defeat to Wasps on Saturday, but escaped from Twickenham with a 16-15 win over London Wasps.

It left some to question their ability to regain a title they handed to Leicester in May, but O’Shea is confident of improvement and satisfied to pick up points in the meantime.

“Getting little wins and getting wins by a point are pretty golden come the end of the season,” he said.

“Will we have to play better? Yes. Will we play better? Yes. But we will also play a lot better and lose, and we will play a lot worse and win.

“That’s just the way it goes in this league, so we will take the win. Every week is a test and there is a lot we need to work on. You just want to eke out wins.”

London Wasps head to Exeter in a bid to make amends for last week’s reverse and flanker Sam Jones is warning the Chiefs to beware a wounded animal at Sandy Park.

“We’ve reflected on it and remembered what it felt like to lose and we will go to Exeter all guns blazing,” said Jones. “We showed some really good fight to get ourselves back into it against Harlequins but we’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

London Irish visit Worcester hoping to make amends for a 42-20 defeat to Saracens at the London Double Header, while Sarries welcome a Gloucester outfit that lost 22-16 to Sale in their season opener.

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