Matt Smith is delighted to be the centre of attention at Leicester Tigers
There was a richly-deserved moment in the spotlight for Leicester Tigers centre Matt Smith on Saturday after his side had seen off London Welsh to hit the top of the Aviva Premiership.
None other than former Tigers and England captain Martin Johnson handed over a cap to Smith, marking his 100th start for the club.
It was a history-making moment as Smith and his father, Ian, are the only father-and-son combination to have racked up 100 or more appearances for Leicester.
It rounded off a good day all around for Smith and his relatives as he played his part in a 28-12 win against the Exiles, which was all the more important with the likes of Harlequins and Saracens tripping up.
"All my family were here," said Smith said after the game, "so to receive the cap from Martin Johnson was a great honour.
"I'm a local lad. I was three weeks old when I came to my first game and I learned my rugby in front of the old clubhouse, so I enjoyed the moment."
While Welford Road has seen better performances from Tigers, ultimately winning against Welsh was what mattered on Saturday.
"We were a bit disappointed that we didn't get five points," said Smith.
"But they are hard to break down and have some big ball carriers. They played well.
"The pitch was a bit heavy and the ball was damp, but we should have made more of the possession we had.
"We had identified weaknesses in their defence and we executed that quite well, although it was a shame we couldn't do that more in the second half."
Smith's centre partner, Anthony Allen, had a major hand in Tigers' second try, Niall Morris crossing to give Leicester some momentum after they had been pegged back in the second half by the boot of Welsh fly-half Gordon Ross.
It is evident that Smith enjoys teaming up with Allen, who he believes should be playing at the highest level.
"We have a great relationship on and off the pitch," said Smith.
"We've played a few games together now. If I was an England selector, I would be picking him. He's a great player."
It was not all about attack, and Smith and Allen had to play their part when Welsh asked questions close to the home side's try-line midway through the second half.
A score for the visitors at that point could have burst the game wide open, but Tigers stood their ground and eventually cleared their lines.
"We pride ourselves on our defence," said Smith. "We backed ourselves that they wouldn't score a try. That was another pleasing aspect of the game."