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O'Shea hails graft as Quins sneak home.

Byline: Gary Fitzgerald

Harlequins 16

Worcester 14

CONOR O'SHEA saluted his Quins tough guys after they slugged out a bruising win in the Stoop mud to cement their Premiership lead.

A penalty try and Nick Evans' 11 points downed Worcester to ensure Quins surged seven points clear of Saracens, who play Leicester today.

And boss O'Shea said: "We're not that arrogant to expect to roll over Worcester. They are one of the best defensive sides in the league.

"Our pack were outstanding. They worked incredibly hard and the scrum was magnificent. We can play a lot better but a win is a win."

Warriors hinted at an upset when they swept into an 8-0 lead thanks to Danny Gray's boot and a breakaway Miles Benjamin try.

They lost wing Marcel Garvey to concussion after a painful collision with dumped England No.8 Nick Easter's knee, causing a nine-minute stoppage before he was carried off.

The leaders, who had England's Mike Brown and Joe Marler playing, upped the power, Evans kicking a penalty and converting a penalty try given for a collapsed maul.

Evans and Gray traded penalties in the second half but Quins roared ahead at the summit while Warriors grabbed a losing bonus point.

Worcester boss Richard Hill said: "I am delighted with a point. We pushed them all the way.

"Marcel is sitting up with a fat lip and a headache."

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Date:Feb 19, 2012
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