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Conor O'Shea gutted by Harlequins defeat

Conor O'Shea, the Harlequins director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Leicester Tigers and Harlequins at Welford Road on May 11, 2013
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Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea urges his players to respond quickly following their 39-0 thrashing by Saracens.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has described his side's 39-0 thrashing by Saracens as an "incredible emotional low".

Quins were hammered at Twickenham Stoop on Friday night as Charlie Hodgson scored 22 of the visitors' points during the Aviva Premiership encounter.

While admitting that the result took him by surprise, O'Shea has urged his players to respond quickly to the loss.

"We were nilled at home in a match that we entered with huge expectations. We're shot to pieces because we certainly didn't see that coming. In emotional terms that's a big blow," he is quoted as saying by ESPN.

"We have to react to that. We can talk about it all we like, but we have to respond. We'll find that very difficult to take, but we have to take it. It's an incredible emotional low. We didn't see it coming. We won't read the players the riot act for something like that. It's sport and sometimes you come across things you can't explain."

Harlequins return to action on next Saturday when they host London Wasps in the league.

Charlie Hodgson of Saracens passes the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park on December 21, 2013
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