SAM Smith claims Harlequins will carry a psychological advantage into tomorrow’s crunch clash with arch rivals London Irish.
Quins hold something of a hoodoo over their near neighbours this year thanks to narrow wins over Irish in the season opener at Twickenham and an LV Cup success at the Stoop in October.
The latter success in particular came from a last gasp try, and winger Smith feels the manner of their defeat may play on Irish’s minds this time too.
He said: “I think we hold the psychological edge. Irish will be aware of how the last two games have gone, especially the LV Cup game when we got the try in the last minute.
“That said they will know they pushed us to the limit in both of those games.”
Smith revealed many members of the two sides are neighbours literally, living and training in the same area, creating banter which makes for a feisty encounter.
The 21-year-old also predicted something of a try fest, one which he hopes will help him cross the whitewash for the third time in as many games.
He said: “If you look at both sides they have bags of pace, especially out wide, and good packs who carry hard, so hopefully, from that point of view, it will be a game with lots of running rugby and not too much kicking."
Smith and co go into Saturday’s action having lost two of their last three Premiership games and seen their lead over Saracens at the top cut to three points. However, the youngster insists Quins are not feeling the heat.
He added: “We are not table watching or worrying about people behind us. All I know is we are top, and if we go out and put our game on the park we will stay there.”