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O'Shea issues Quins challenge

Director of rugby Conor O'Shea has challenged Harlequins to 'do a job' and win at Scarlets in the Heineken Cup this weekend.

Quins currently sit in second in Pool 4 on 12 points behind French side Clermont, whom they narrowly lost 16-13 to last weekend.

They are now viewing Sunday's clash against Scarlets as an Amlin Challenge Cup last-16 match and O'Shea is expecting a tough test against the Welsh side, who can leapfrog his side into second in the table with a win.

Scarlets won 33-26 when the two sides met at the Stoop earlier in the season and O'Shea has challenged his squad to step up in the game, which is being screened live on Sky Sports 2 Red Button at 3pm.

He told Sky Sports: "We had a tough start against the Scarlets and we want to finish off (with a win) and get into the Amlin.

"We won this trophy three years ago and are four games away from doing it again. This is a last-16 match in the Amlin for us now. We have to go out and do a job this weekend."

Quins No 8 Nick Easter knows the English side must be at their best to progress.

"They (Scarlets) have stardust sprinkled on certain players, especially in the backline," he said.

"We know nothing less than 100 per cent physically and mentally will do. It's going to be daunting but it's the sort of challenge these guys like."