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

Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith has praised Harlequins’ forwards for giving him and his fellow backs a platform to work off in his side’s dramatic win against Cardiff.

Harlequins produced another thrilling comeback in their Heineken Champions Cup encounter against Cardiff, as they came back from 14 points down with 20 minutes remaining to secure a 36-33 win thanks to a last-gasp penalty goal from Smith.

Smith was instrumental in his side’s win, as he helped to set up three tries while he scored one himself and deservedly picked up the star of the match award as a result.

The young fly-half was speaking to BT Sport after the game however, and gave much of the credit for Harlequins’ win to his forward pack.

Marcus Smith lauds his forwards’ efforts.

“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.”

Quins have booked their place in the last 16.

The reigning Gallagher Premiership champions have secured their place in the knock out stages of the Champions Cup with the win, having also won their previous two encounters against Cardiff and Castres Olympique.

Harlequins haven’t been at their best in the Champions Cup, having barely beaten a weakened Castres outfit while they struggled at times in their first game against Cardiff, when the Welsh club were forced to play several academy players.

While they won’t be overly pleased with their performances, they do currently sit on top of Pool B, which would guarantee them home matches in the quarter-finals and semi-finals should they stay there and make it that far.

Cardiff’s Champions Cup hopes look to be done and dusted after three losses from three, while they are up against it again when they take on reigning French and European champions Toulouse next weekend.

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