Quins stick to principles to win in adversity
Aiming high: Quins winger Sam Smith spills a high ball with try scorer Luke Wallace on hand to clear things up
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea hailed his side's ambition in difficult circumstances after securing a first home win of the season on Saturday.
A contender for try of the season from Luke Wallace and an opportunist score from replacement number eight Jack Clifford secured a 24-3 triumph over Sale Sharks.
Quins had edged in to a 9-3 first half lead through Ben Botica's boot before Wallace collected a Nick Evans cross field kick to touch down in the corner for the game's decisive score early in the second half.
It capped off a fine team move from director of rugby Conor O'Shea's men that started with a break from hooker Dave Ward deep in his own half.
The ball went out wide to Tom Williams, who passed back inside for Clifford, and when the ball was finally recycled Evans kicked for Wallace to add the scoring touch.
It was no less than an injury ravaged Quins deserved and after Botica had slotted a fourth penalty and Clifford's charged down score, they had the maturity to close the game out for the win.
"When you are having a tough time in terms of results teams can become quite tight," said O'Shea.
"We're saying to them to go out and play. We play our way out of it, we do not go into our shell.
"They did well in really difficult conditions and they chose the right things to do, which was good."