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Olowofela dusts himself down for Quins challenge

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Leicester Tigers speedster Jordan Olowofela says his side will need to keep their eye on another fledgling star when they travel to the Twickenham Stoop on Friday night.

The 21-year-old development wing, who has made more than 20 first-team appearances so far this season, warned Tigers must look out for the threat posed by Marcus Smith when they face fifth-placed Harlequins in the Round 21 league clash.

Olowofela has played with Smith, 20, at England age-grade level and most recently featured alongside the Quins fly-half at last year’s World Rugby Under-20 Championship in France.

“He’s a class player,” Olowofela said. “He obviously has a lot of talent at this young age.

“You see where Harlequins are in the table, and he’s been right at the front of that in moving his team around the field and getting the points in.

“He’s really hard-working and definitely doesn’t mess about.”

Jordan Olowofela Bristol Bears Try
Olowofela crossed for his second Premiership try against Bristol, after taking his first at Twickenham versus Northampton.

Fresh from scoring a second Premiership try – and his first at Welford Road – against the Bristol Bears, Olowofela explained his side were keen to right the wrongs of that defeat and focus on the challenge of Harlequins under the lights on Friday evening.

He added: “The mood was pretty low after that Bristol game, but you’ve got to snap out of it pretty quickly and get back onto the next job.

“Our Monday morning sessions are always pretty open and honest, and we spoke about the bad bits as well as the good bits, and what we can take through into the next game.

“I think we’re in the right state of mind for the challenge of Quins on Friday.

“Obviously we want to win, but it’s not just that. As a club, we want to prove everybody wrong.”