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Chris Robshaw exclusive: Quins defeat very disappointing

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England and Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw, speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, admitted that his side simply 'ran out of steam' in their semi-final defeat to Saracens.

When JP Doyle blew his whistle to bring an end to the first half of Saturday's Aviva Premiership final, Harlequins led by six points and they were on course to beat Sarries for the first time since the 2012 edition at Wembley.

But Quins, who snuck into the semi finals after stealing fourth spot from Bath on the last day of the regular season, had clearly been exhausted by their end-of-season flourish. 

Harlequins fell away in the second half as Sarries ran in 20-unanswered points, to secure a place in the final at Twickenham on May 30. Robshaw and his side were left to ponder their second-successive Premiership final defeat.

Robshaw said: "It was very disappointing. Unfortunately we just ran out of steam towards the end but credit to Saracens, they are a very good side and they finished top of the league for a reason."

But Robshaw has now switched his focus to England's upcoming tour of New Zealand. England will attempt to bring the All Black's 14-match unbeaten run to an end, when they go toe-to-toe with the world champions in a three-match test series.

"But now our attention shifts to England. We will meet up on Thursday morning and the travel down to New Zealand on Tuesday. It is going to be an exciting couple of days, we will make sure we train well and that everyone is back into the England way. But it is going to be a challenging tour."

‚ÄčEngland head coach Stuart Lancaster has already named a preliminary 20-man squad and will name the final touring squad on May 26.

The players who have been selected from Quins and Leicester will now join up with the England squad. While the players from Saracens, Northampton, Wasps and Bath will be released for international duty following the conclusion of their seasons.

And while the squad remains uncompleted, Robshaw revealed: "Competition for places is great at the moment and that is exactly what we want. We want a couple of players in every position, who can put their hand up.

"So as long as we can continue to improve, we will go down there and give it a good go. 
It is a challenging place, but there is no better place to go and test yourselves at the moment."

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