Harlequins chief O'Shea warns Saracens will be hard to stop
Director of rugby Conor O'Shea has warned Saracens will take some stopping this season after watching his Quins crash at home to the former Premiership champions.
Seventeen points from England fly half Owen Farrell and a Chris Ashton try prevented Harlequins winger Tom Williams from celebrating his 200th appearance for the club with a win.
O'Shea's men slipped to a 22-12 defeat, despite having led 12-6 through the boot of number 10 Nick Evans.
But the Stoop chief insisted all was not lost for the rest of Premiership's title hopefuls - including his own team.
"Saracens have huge strength in depth and probably have most of their key players fit," he told BBC Sport.
"Everyone knows they are an excellent team and will take some stopping, but Northampton went six from six at the start of last season. Things change drastically in the season.
"We're disappointed to lose at home, but it's important the players don't feel sorry for themselves. We're fine and I'm very comfortable with the group of players we have."
The result followed news centre Jordan Turner-Hall is expected to be sidelined until January after hip surgery last week.
He joins Joe Gray, Paul Doran Jones, Charlie Matthews, Nick Kennedy, Sam Twomey, Ross Chisholm, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Sam Stuart and Harry Sloan on the treatment table.