Over the last two seasons, fans have clamoured in their droves to praise the attacking delights of some of Harlequins’ rising stars.
Fly-half Marcus Smith (19), Joe Marchant (22), Nathan Earle (23) and Aaron Morris (23) have caught the eye of many a fan. The latter duo may have come through the Saracens system, but it is in Harlequins’ colours their big breaks have come.
Although, it is not the attacking delights of the Quins quartet that will have impressed coaches for both club and country, the defence displayed by Smith and Marchant, in particular, were nothing short of sublime during their defeat at the hands of Chris Boyd's Northampton Saints last weekend.
It only took three minutes for Smith to rack up two outstanding certain try-saving tackles.
At first, it seems Collins' efficient step and acceleration off his right foot towards the touchline has done enough to leave an open run into the corner for an extremely early score.
However, after losing the first chance of a near head on defensive hit, Smith flaunts searing pace to make up the ground lost during Collins' decisive step.
Once close enough to attempt the tackle, Smith targets Collins' right arm, which was somewhat naively left otherwise engaged holding onto the ball and unable to fend the diminutive standoff.
Between preventing Smith from ripping the ball from his grasp and staying on his feet for an extra metre, Collins is dragged into touch agonisingly close to Harlequins' try line.
Crisis averted. Impressive athleticism and intelligent tackling technique on display for both Gustard and Eddie Jones.
Two minutes later and Northampton have yet again found space down the right wing, this time through inside centre Piers Francis, having received an offload from Collins.
Once more Smith is outdone by his quarry's step, forced to change direction and track diagonally backwards after an opponent pounding their way up the field.
The high tackling arm may not be able to wrap around the ball-carrying arm on this occasion - with Francis not repeating Collins' mistake of denying himself the chance to fend - but the force in which Smith grips and swings Francis around the chest denies his fellow England squad member the chance of a last ditch offload.
Once again Smith denies Saints an early score, simultaneously handing possession to his forward pack.
MArchant puts Pisi down and out
Not to be outdone by his teammate, outside centre Marchant also performed his own slice of imposing defensive work. In the 21st minute, Northampton have yet again obtained means of manipulating their opponent's defence, providing fullback Ahsee Tuala and right wing Ken Pisi the chance of racing away down Pisi's side of the pitch.
After being released by centre Luther Burrell, Tuala puts the hammer down and looks to split the space between the backtracking Quins duo Earle and Morris.
With Morris unable to wholly commit to Tuala and risk an uncontested run into the corner for Pisi, Earle and Morris are slowly dragged towards the touchline while Earle looks to make up ground on Tuala.
Recognising that Tuala has forced both Quins defenders to sprint across the pitch - and thus stand an unlikely chance of effecting a snappy change in direction - Pisi switches with his fellow Samoan, receives the offload and makes a B-line for the gap on Tuala's inside shoulder.
However, Marchant is one of the quicker outside centres in the league and is able to track across, spot Pisi's shift in running angle and effect a shuddering tackle that looks to have dislocated the Saints winger's shoulder, sat with his arm in a sling after receiving medical attention.
An impressive tackle in its own right, but Marchant goes a step further, deciding that if he's going to do the thing, he might as well do it right.
After painfully bringing Pisi to ground, he is swift to his feet and eager to rejoin the defensive line.
A frustrating defeat for Gustard to take, with Northampton managing to formulate considerably more attacking opportunities than will have sat comfortably with the defence specialist.
With Smith and Marchant boosting their attacking prowess with key defensive influences and Earle and Morris finding success in their endeavours of rendering additional menace to Harlequins' attack, there is plenty of scope for excitement at the Stoop this season.
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