Late Marcus Smith Heroics Salvage Victory For Harlequins In Cardiff Thriller

Marcus Smith landed a match-winning penalty with the game’s final kick as Harlequins claimed a thrilling 36-33 Heineken Champions Cup victory over Cardiff.

The England fly-half had pounced four minutes from time by scoring a try that he converted, and then confirmed his team’s place in the competition’s round of 16 through a nerveless last-gasp strike.

The Gallagher Premiership champions looked as though they would pay a hefty price for captain Alex Dombrandt’s second-half yellow card.

Cardiff turned the game – played behind closed doors at the Arms Park – on its head while England international Dombrandt was off, scoring three quickfire tries.

But Quins dug deep as Smith added to earlier tries from Louis Lynagh, Tyrone Green, Luke Northmore and Danny Care while Smith kicked four conversions and a penalty for a 16-point haul.

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Wing Owen Lane led the way for Cardiff, touching down twice as Wales head coach Wayne Pivac looked on, with forwards James Ratti, Dillon Lewis and Corey Domachowski also scoring and fly-half Jarrod Evans adding four conversions.

Late Marcus Smith Heroics Salvage Victory For Harlequins In Cardiff Thriller

Source:BT

Late Marcus Smith Heroics Salvage Victory For Harlequins In Cardiff Thriller