MATCH winner Joe Marler was hailed as an England hero in the making after driving Harlequins into their first ever Premiership final on Saturday.
The colourful prop was called into England's squad for next month's tour of South Africa two days before his side's semi-final showdown with Northampton Saints at The Stoop.
And he celebrated by scoring the last-gasp try which saw Quins snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and set up a final date against Leicester Tigers at Twickenham on Saturday week.
After the game, Quins boss Conor O'Shea was full of praise for Marler, but but equally complimentary about his whole front row.
O'Shea said: “Joe Marler has been a special talent for a long time. He is just 21, and he will still learn lessons, but he learns quickly. He is a very unique talent, and England are lucky to have him.
“It was great for him to get the crucial try as he was pulled up over the line in our home game with Northampton last season (a 20-16 win for the Saints in September 2010), when Ben Foden just got under him.
“The difference in our side since then is evident, and what a performance it was by the front row. It is difficult to single out Joe when you have JJ (James Johnson) on the other side of the scrum and Joe Gray in the middle.”