- Harlequins 40-5 Exeter
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The stage was set and the greatest showman duly showed up. Harlequins like to give their supporters a great day out at their annual Big Game and, sure enough, Marcus Smith produced his full repertoire of tricks to leave England’s head coach, Steve Borthwick, in no doubt about his ability or relish for the big occasion.
Having been omitted from England’s training camp in Brighton this week, the onus was on Smith to prove a timely point and the fly-half did so spectacularly with a man of the match performance. The ball remains in Borthwick’s court ahead of his team’s Six Nations game against France at this same venue next weekend but Smith could not have done much more in terms of underlining his talent and state of readiness.
Written by Robert Kitson at Twickenham
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/mar/04/harlequins-exeter-premiership-rugby-union-match-report under the title “Marcus Smith orchestrates Harlequins’ Big Game demolition of Exeter”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.