Harlequins 37 Northampton Saints 19 This was hands down the barmiest match of the Premiership season. Harlequins secured a bonus point at the death having being down to 13 men at one stage with Northampton finding ever more innovative ways to spurn opportunity after opportunity in the second half. Fittingly, the last score was from a lineout inside the Harlequins 22. Martin Landajo’s box kick was deflected, took a kindly bounce into the hands of Brett Herron who exchanged passes with Luke Northmore to go the distance. It was that type of game. Not that it would have been everyone’s cup of tea. You can imagine Eddie Jones having a severe case of indigestion witnessing this blizzard of turnovers, interceptions and tap and goes. And that was just in the 22s. Yet the England head coach is going to find it hard not to be swayed by Marcus Smith’s performances at some point in the near future. The Harlequins fly-half has been at the heart of the club’s renaissance since Paul Gustard’s departure which has seen the London club win five of their last six to climb to third in the table. Again he showcased his ability to attack the gainline, making 78 metres with ball in hand, and his accuracy off the tee, kicking 15 points. But the most impressive aspect of his performance was his attitude in defence as he racked up a game-high 16 tackles to earn a seal of approval from Harlequins defence coach Jerry Flannery. “It is important he can be effective on both sides of the ball,” Flannery said. “When you are as talented as him teams will say ‘let’s run at Marcus Smith’ and he put in some good shots today. If he wants to play Test rugby he has got to be consistent with that every week and that is the ambition he has.