My Harlequins can tame the Tigers, says boss Conor O'SheaReported by Metro.co.uk on Thursday, 24 May 2012 (on May 24, 2012)
*Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea is confident his side can upset the odds and make history by beating Leicester at Twickenham on Saturday.
Harlequins coach Conor O'Shea hopes to have reason to smile on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)
Despite finishing the regular season on top of the pile, Quins head into the Aviva Premiership final as underdogs due to the Tigers’ fantastic form and formidable past record.
Leicester are in pursuit of their tenth English title and have reached the final for the past eight years.
Captains Chris Robshaw of Harlequins and Geordan Murphy of Leicester pose ahead of the Aviva Premiership Final (Picture: Getty)
O’Shea respects the Tigers’ achievements but believes his team has what it takes to overturn a 43-33 defeat to Leicester last month and win the title for the first time in the club’s history.
‘They [Tigers] are the standard-bearer with eight finals in a row and are justifiably favourites. They have to be favourites given what they’ve achieved,’ he said.
‘We’ve won enough big games over the last 12 months to know we can do this job.’
Even if the Quins come up short, O’Shea predicts a bright future for the club.
‘Whatever happens, we’ll learn and become a better side. There’ll be a challenge whichever way.
‘If we don’t win, we’ll re-group. If we win, we’ll have to back it up because that’s what great teams do,’ he told BBC London.
Meanwhile, Leicester’s director of rugby Richard Cockerill accepts his side are expected to win but is predicting a tough battle from Quins.
‘Everything points to Leicester winning it because we have been there before and we are the form side – but that won’t count for much when we get on the field,’ he told the Leicester Mercury.
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