Ross Chisholm says Harlequins’ tight-knit squad are pulling together for Conor O’Shea as they prepare to travel to Coventry for a third-versus-fourth showdown with Dai Young’s rampant Wasps side.
Chisholm produced a crucial try-saving tackle on Leicester Tigers’ stand-out Tongan winger Telusa Veainu, as O’Shea’s side ground out a 25-19 win for their first league victory in four games last weekend.
Quins had lost comfortably to a resurgent Gloucester Rugby outfit in their previous fixture and Ben Botica’s six penalties, along with Marland Yarde’s late opportunist’s try, clinched victory and pushed them into the play-off spots.
Chisholm was exceptional in place of England star Mike Brown and he said the entire squad had been desperate to produce a reaction for director of rugby O’Shea.
“We are delighted with the performance against Leicester, we knew we needed a reaction after the Gloucester game. We had to put in a performance and thankfully we did.
“Conor has done massive things for this club and we have tight group of players who know we have to get results and do the coaches justice.”
Despite the positive result, Chisholm refused to dwell on the result and instead is looking forward to their trip to Wasps – who are unbeaten in five league games, having won at the Rec on Saturday after their record win at Allianz Park in the previous round.
“We reviewed the game on Monday from Leicester then we parked it and since then we have just been looking forward to the challenge against Wasps.
“They have got lots of really, really good players who are all playing very well. We are aware of all the challenges that we will face.
Chisholm has scored three league tries this season, with six coming in all competitions, and has featured on both the wing and at full-back after several injury disrupted seasons.
The versatile back ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing sevens for Harlequins in the Premiership Sevens two years ago and despite moving around the back division this term, is simply happy to be play, a feeling he says is common throughout O’Shea’s squad.
“I am really enjoying my rugby, I am just happy to be able to play after all the injuries, it doesn’t really matter which shirt is on my back.
“You have to be flexible, that is the beauty of the Premiership, people get international call-ups and get injured and you need to be able to step up and change positions.”