Harlequins and England fullback Mike Brown believes each individual player must act to rectify the defensive errors committed in Saturday’s defeat to La Rochelle.

The French side scored four tries at The Stoop in their 34-27 Champions Cup victory over Quins, in the hosts' first foray into the top tier of European rugby for two seasons.

Charlie Matthews, Joe Marchant and Will Collier all dotted down, but Quins’ attacking prowess could not make up for their defensive shortcomings.

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La Rochelle were always going to be formidable opponents, having topped the French Top 14 at the end of the regular season last year.

But a losing bonus point secured by Marcus Smith’s late penalty was not enough to console Brown, returning to action after time out with a recurring ankle injury.

“It’s not what we wanted, we want to build The Stoop as a fortress and to ship 34 points at home against any team is not good enough in any competition,” he said.

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“It was hard to get through their defence, we showed that we could break it down but conceding so many points at home puts pressure on our attack to start scoring points.

“You can see the knock-on effect, we were trying to force things and made silly mistakes.

“It always comes back to our defence, if we hadn’t put so much pressure on ourselves to have to score more than 34 points then we’d be fine.

“We need to go away and have a hard look at ourselves, what we’re doing in terms of defence individually is a personal responsibility and we need to fix that.

“It’s good to be back after a little niggle, but I just wanted to win and I’m not going to feel good about myself if we’re not winning.”

After squeezing their way into the top six last season to qualify for the Champions Cup, John Kingston’s men now head to the Ricoh Arena to take on Wasps on Sunday.

They ended the Coventry side’s unbeaten run at home, which dated back to December 2015, with a Premiership victory there last month.

And both sides will be hoping for their first Champion Cup win of the season, as Wasps suffered a 19-9 defeat to Ulster in Belfast on Friday.

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