Quins and Wasps triumph to boost Euro prospects

HARLEQUINS continued their Heineken Cup resurgence with a 17-3 win over Racing Metro yesterday and director of rugby Conor O’Shea insists his side are right back in the hunt for a quarter-final berth.

Fly-half Nick Evans kicked three penalties before suffering a shoulder injury, while wing Charlie Walker crossed just seconds before the break to leave Quins just four points behind pool rivals Clermont Auvergne with the two set for a decisive New Year showdown.

“To have lost our first two games but to be right back in it when Clermont come here is fantastic,” said O’Shea. “We’ve been written off but this team likes challenges.”

James Haskell and Tom Varndell tries boosted London Wasps’ chances of reaching the Amlin Challenge Cup last eight in a 32-12 defeat of Grenoble.

On Saturday, Saracens kept hopes alive of progressing from their Heineken Cup pool with a nine-try 64-3 drubbing of Zebre. Stade Francais avenged last Sunday’s loss to London Irish with a vital 32-14 win in Pool 5 of the Challenge Cup.

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