CHRIS Brooker reckons Leicester should stop moaning about their World Cup absentees and give Harlequins the credit they deserve for Saturday's win at Welford Road.
Quins' first league win at Leicester for 14 years was met with sour grapes on the Welford Road terraces, with Tigers fans claiming things would be different if they did not have 18 players out.
However, Quins have a handful of players at the World Cup themselves, not to mention injuries to the likes of Danny Care and Ugo Monye and Brooker was not about to let anything be taken away from his side's six successive Premiership win.
He said: “They were missing a few, but so were we, and you can only play what is put in front of you. What it comes down to is we were the better team on the day.
“Leicester knew a World Cup was coming up, and they put a team out they could trust to win. You can't use it as an excuse, that's what a squad is for, and 47 players should be enough.
“It's the first time we have won there in the league since 1997, which nobody can take away from us, and not many other teams get results there either as it's an intimidating place to go
“The most pleasing thing, after only playing well for 20 minutes at Worcester and for an hour against Sale, was we played well for the whole 80 minutes at Leicester. You cannot go there and not be at your best for the whole game, or you will get nothing.”
In a stunning opening eight minutes, Leciester took the lead, but Quins were ahead three minutes later when Sam Smith scored and Nick Evans converted, and within another two minutes, Seb Stegmann had touched down and Evans again added the extras.
Leicester pulled back a try, and briefly went in front with a penalty from former Quins Jeremy Staunton, before one for Evans gave Quins a narrow half-time lead.
The two men exchanges penalties again after the break, but the key moment came with four minutes left when Ollie Kohn's second try in as many games was converted by Evans to seal victory and keep Quins top.
They will stay there for at least another fortnight as the league takes a back seat while the LV= Cup takes centre stage, starting with a home game tomorrow against London Irish.