Home Club Rugby Marcus Smith: It’s an absolute pleasure to play with some of these players we’ve got outside me and in the forwards.

Marcus Smith: It’s an absolute pleasure to play with some of these players we’ve got outside me and in the forwards.

by Giga
Marcus Smith pays tribute to Harlequins forwards after last-gasp win against Cardiff

Marcus Smith applauded Harlequins’ forwards for making it possible for him and his teammates to work off in his side’s remarkable comeback against Cardiff.

Harlequins fought back from 14 points behind with 20 minutes remaining in their Heineken Champions Cup match against Cardiff to win 36-33 due to a last-gasp penalty goal from Smith.

Smith was an important part of his team’s victory, as he assisted on three tries and scored one himself, earning him the man of the match award.

Marcus Smith praises the work of his forwards..

“I don’t think we were at the races today against a very strong Cardiff side but I think it’s testament to the boys and what we’ve been trying to build. I thought we stuck in there and were very resilient at times,” Smith said.

“To be rewarded with a penalty in front of the sticks by the forwards who were, I thought, in parts outstanding. It’s a massive relief.

“I think all season they’ve been the difference for us. As backs, we’re very lucky to be playing behind a pack that when it gets on top, it stays on top.

“They’re brilliant characters as well so you’ve got to get around them when you can, pump the tires up and make them smile a bit.”

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