Nick Easter ended his long wait for a league win at Gloucester Rugby on Friday night and the Harlequins No.8 admitted he was happy to infuriate the Cherry & White support.
Quins returned to Aviva Premiership action after a month-long break with a trip to Kingsholm, searching for a first league victory at the famous venue since 1999.
That is exactly what they got as tries for Easter, Luke Wallace and Charlie Walker took them to a 22-15 success.
And for Easter – a Harlequin since 2004 and the club’s most capped player in the professional era – it was a long-awaited triumph.
“Physically as a forward pack that is where we won the game, with two rolling maul tries and causing them a lot of problems,” he said.
“It was something we worked on all week and to do that against a side that historically are very strong up front – I know their crowd in the Shed wouldn’t have enjoyed that – was very satisfying.
“We were well prepared going into it whereas probably in the past we would have got a bit shirty with the referee but we were pretty cool, pretty composed and it ended up being a tight score despite being three tries to zip.
“We had a few players missing with injuries and internationals, as they would, but you have to play to your strengths with what you have left and suss out where you think you can get some mileage out of the opposition and that seemed to come off.”
The result moved Conor O’Shea’s side into the top half of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and came off the back of a productive break from the competition.
After European wins against Castres and Wasps, Quins slipped to a narrow LV= Cup defeat at Saracens before seeing off Welsh outfit Newport Gwent Dragons.
After facing Sale Sharks and Bath Rugby in the next fortnight, Quins host Leinster at the Stoop when Europe returns – but they will also welcome a handful of important international players back into the fold.
Easter added: “We managed to get ourselves a little bit of momentum, we controlled the games well in Europe and were one and one from the LV= Cup where some of us got a rest and the young guys stepped up.
“We are back to the bread and butter of the Aviva Premiership and during this international period we have two tough games away in Gloucester and Bath and one tough one at home in Sale.
“Gloucester and Bath are both very hard places to go and get a win away so to get one of those out the way certainly gives us momentum heading into the next two before we get the rest of the guys back.”
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