Wednesday, 9th October 2019 @ 10:34
Argentine scrum-half scored on his home debut - watched by his wife and baby boy
Martin Landajo endeared himself to the Stoop faithful with a try on his home debut - but it was his two closest supporters who made the day even more special.
The Argentina scrum-half scored our second try of an entertaining game, squeezing through a gap in the Gloucester defence to touch down.
The home crowd rose in celebration, as did his wife, holding their five-month old son, as she watched from the DHL Stand.
"I had a bit of luck," said the 31-year-old, who signed from Super Rugby outfit Jaguares. "I was close to the line so it was an easy try.
"But it was a great day. My wife and kid, who is just five months old, were there for the first time. I like the Stoop, the crowd was amazing."
Landajo's try was one of five scored in a thrilling first half full of attacking rugby. Mike Brown, Scott Baldwin, Aaron Morris and Ben Tapuai also dotted down as Quins took a 35-19 lead into the break.
Gloucester hit back to get within four points but Renaldo Bothma's late score confirmed a third win of the season.
"We had a great first half, maybe our defence in the second half wasn't that good," reflected the 84-times capped Landajo.
"We need to adjust some things but we have time to work on that in the week before Saracens.
"It was good that we scored 40 points though."
Landajo, who joined Harlequins alongside fellow countryman Santiago Garcia Botta, is enjoying his new life and is adapting well to the new environment - both on and off the pitch."It's a great club," he said. "The players and coaches have been very kind with me, very patient too. New language and new culture, I am really enjoying it and learning every day.
"The culture is different but I like new things in my life. I can speak English. It's just the weather - it's too cold and it's not winter yet!
"The rugby isn't that different from Super Rugby. Here we kick the ball a bit more and the defence are a bit tighter, but I like playing here and I'm enjoying it."