Conor O’Shea delighted with Harlequins defence in Bath win

01:01 17 November 2012

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Harlequins' Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea. Photo credit: Daniel Hambury/PA wire

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Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea praised the spirit of his young side after they produced a valiant second-half defensive display to keep out Bath and secure a 21-12 LV= Cup win over Bath at The Stoop.

Fly-half Ben Botica only played the first half but his 15 points set the Aviva Premiership leaders on the way to their second victory in the cup competition.

“You can’t coach bottle,” Quins director of rugby O’Shea said after his side dominated the first half and survived the second to make it two wins from two cup matches. “I couldn’t be prouder of that performance.

“We started really well and had great tempo but didn’t get the try that maybe some of the play warranted.

“But Bath are a strong side and they were always going to come. We started to lose a number of players with knocks and bruises.”

Botica, the 23-year-old son of former Wigan and Castleford rugby league star Frano Botica, was withdrawn at half-time with an ankle injury but 18-year-old debutant Louis Grimoldby, who replaced him, landed the two second-half penalties which saw Quins keep resurgent Bath at bay.

“Young Louis Grimoldby came off the bench for his first senior game - he’s been playing at Richmond - and we struggled to keep structure,” O’Shea added.

“But he stepped up and kicked goals under pressure when we needed them and in terms of defence we just hurled our bodies on the line. The second half, and the tail end of the first half, we were just soaking it up.

“That, to me, showed more about our group of players than anything else. Were we good second half? No, in terms of ball play, but in terms of bottle and heart we were magnificent.

“We have two wins out of the opening two games in this competition, with London Welsh at home in the next one at the end of January.

“But the defensive-led attitude was just unbelievable and some of the individual performances in that tonight were as good as you will see all season.”

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