"Rattled' Marcus Smith gets into scrap with Finn Russell, the pair don't like each other - Ruck

“Rattled’ Marcus Smith gets into scrap with Finn Russell, the pair don’t like each other

In a thrilling clash, Scotland’s Finn Russell outshone England’s Marcus Smith as Bath claimed a bonus-point 25-17 victory over Harlequins to seize the top spot in the Premiership.

The action-packed game saw home winger Joe Cokanasiga scoring two tries, the first within a minute, swiftly matched by Smith.

Bath took the lead at halftime with Russell’s penalty, capitalising on a numerical advantage due to Danny Care’s yellow card.

The second half saw Elliott Stooke, Cokanasiga, and Miles Reid adding more scores, securing Bath’s crucial fourth try.

Despite challenging weather conditions at the Rec, Bath’s bonus point propelled them above Sale to lead the table at Christmas.

Russell’s performance notably irked Smith, leading to a heated moment between the two playmakers.

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“A show pony” – Who are the most overrated and underrated rugby players of all-time?

Brace yourself for the controversial results that are sure to spark debates and stir the rugby community.


#3. Simon Shaw (England)

‘Underappreciated’ and ‘unfortunate’ are two words which probably encapsulate Shaw. Despite incredible longevity and a durability few other rugby players could match, particularly as the game became more and more physical, Shaw should have easily amassed over 100 caps.

Legend of the game Martin Johnson, who was an inspirational leader and brilliant player, generally stood in his way, but the Wasps man’s skills were often underutilised by those that coached him. 

Former Wales assistant and defence coach guru Shaun Edwards even said Shaw is the ‘most underrated player in recent history’. 

#2. Agustin Creevy (Argentina)

One of the game’s most intelligent ball-handling forwards, Creevy backs up a superb work-rate in the loose with granite physicality in the tight, with his ability to win direct collisions against opposition forwards one of his key attributes. Very underrated.