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Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston lauds Marland Yarde

Published 08/10/2016

Marland Yarde produced a fine performance at the Stoop
Marland Yarde produced a fine performance at the Stoop

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston praised the efforts of Marland Yarde after his side's 20-9 victory over Northampton at the Stoop.

England head coach Eddie Jones was in the stands to see Yarde produce an energetic display, both in defence and attack.

With Bath winger Anthony Watson set to miss the forthcoming autumn internationals after sustaining a broken jaw during England's midweek training camp in Brighton, Yarde put his hand up for selection with an eye-catching performance against the Saints.

"He was absolutely terrific," said Kingston.

"The season started a little bit slowly for him. He had a couple of knocks but the last couple of weeks he's been fantastic.

"I've got a huge amount of time for him. He puts everything into his training and everything into his play. He was outstanding today.

"I think he's really put his weight behind everything this year and he always gives 100 per cent."

Quins were dealt an early blow before kick-off with Joe Marler a late withdrawal due to a back spasm. When Marler's replacement, Mark Lambert, left the field with a head injury after seven minutes, Adam Jones was forced to fill in at loosehead for the next 75 minutes.

The veteran Wales tighthead was superb at scrum-time as the Quins pack laid the foundation for a much-needed win.

"For me, Adam Jones was unbelievable because he didn't realise he was going to be coming on until very early this morning when Joe failed his test to come through," Kingston explained.

"As a consequence, he was into the deep end on the other side of the scrum. It's a testament to him that he answered that. For me, he was my man of the match."

The Londoners bounced back from last Sunday's 47-18 hammering at Wasps with a much-improved display on their home turf.

Alofa Alofa's 11th-minute try and 12 points from replacement Tim Swiel's boot proved the difference.

"There were a few home truths earlier in the week. W e weren't happy with the way we defended in certain ways last Sunday," added Kingston.

"With those addressed, you could see a really energised group of people determined to put things right this afternoon.

" It was the only thing we could do. Having let ourselves down last week we needed to come and show the supporters what we felt and how we wanted to take things forward today."

Meanwhile, Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder was left frustrated with this side's ball retention and discipline.

"It was a poor performance from us today," said Mallinder.

"We talked about coming here and controlling the game away from home, playing in the right parts of the field and keeping our discipline. We didn't achieve any of those today.

"I think we always knew we would be up against a fired-up Harlequins side. They like to play a fairly loose game, get the ball wide and they do that very well.

"We knew what was coming. I thought we defended pretty well for long periods. Some of our defence was outstanding. It was in attack where the frustrations were for me. We couldn't keep hold of the ball. We were turning over the ball after one or two phases and could never get into pattern or shape."

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