Kingston lauds Marchant after narrow win

English youngster Joe Marchant was singled out for praise by Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston after their 21-19 win over Bristol on Saturday.

Marchant stepped through three tackles during the final minutes of the first half to score, giving his side a 15-14 half-time lead.

He made a mistake right after half-time, failing to adequately deal with a kick from Ryan Edwards which resulted in Bristol's third try, but Marchant showed enough promise throughout the game to make up for it.

Kingston – who has taken over from new Italy coach Conor O’Shea – praised his performance and attitude.

“Joe is a wonderful talent, when you have young players that are immensely promising, you have to be careful what it is you are expecting of them straight away,” Kingston said.

“I understand that he is in the 45-man EPS and therefore people are looking at him closely, but you don’t just suddenly jump to the top – it takes time. He will have learnt a huge amount today playing on that stage and playing with the type of players who were around him – Nick Evans, Jamie Roberts, Marland Yarde.

“Playing around those guys around him, he has certainly come off with a smile on his face and he is at the stage in his life where he is honoured and flattered to be playing in front of 47,000 people at the national stadium.

“It is fantastic for him, it will be a steep learning curve for him as it is for all our youngsters, every time they go out and play in such situations we go out and talk to him. He has got a wonderful phlegmatic attitude to life as well, which means he will listen and take things on board," Kingston said