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Harlequins

Harlequins 19 v 16 Bath Rugby

10 May 2014, KO 15:15

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AVIVA Premiership

Bath

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10 May 2014, 7:27pm

Bath Rugby narrowly miss out on play-offs

Bath Rugby narrowly missed out on a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs this afternoon, losing out 19-16 to Harlequins in a hard-hitting, full-blooded game.

Both sides finished with 67 points in total, but Quins secured the all-important fourth place by virtue of having won one more game.

The game was billed as the quarter-final of this season's Premiership, and both teams treated it as such from the get-go, standing firm in defence and looking for any holes to burst through in attack.

It took 16 minutes for the first points to be scored, and they went the way of the home side. Quins applied the pressure from the lineout, with Care marshalling the ball wide across the pitch. The scrum-half sent a final, looping pass out wide to Brown, who powered over from short range. Nick Evans added the conversion. 7-0.

The frenetic, see-sawing nature of the game continued, with both sides looking for the gap in defence to take advantage of, and on 24 minutes Bath found it, and exploited it ruthlessly.

A strong scrum saw Leroy Houston burst free with the ball. He offloaded to his back row colleague Carl Fearns, who bulldozed his way forward before finding George Ford outside him. The fly-half collected the ball outside the 22, pinned his ears back and sprinted away from the covering defence, including last-man Ugo Monye. Ford flew over the try-line between the posts, and converted his own score to draw level. 7-7.

Straight from the re-start Quins attacked, and looked as if they'd scored through Nick Easter. Referee Wayne Barnes wasn't so sure, consulted his TMO and ruled that the final pass from Care was forward. Evans missed a penalty shortly after, but just before half-time the All Black had a more straightforward effort and duly extended the lead. 10-7.

Half-time score: Harlequins 10 – Bath Rugby 7

The game had seen very few shots on goal from the tee in the first-half, but the second forty became a battle of the fly-halves, as Evans and Ford kept trying to ensure victory for their side come the final whistle.

A searing break from Nick Abendanon kick-started the half, as the fullback darted and weaved through the Quins line. He was caught agonisingly close to the try-line, but earned the penalty which allowed Ford to draw Bath level.

A yellow card shown to Matt Banahan with just over half an hour left to play gave Quins the advantage, but some heroic defence from Bath kept the home side from crossing the white-wash, although Evans took the lead again with two further penalties .

Ford and his Kiwi counterpart then exchanged a penalty apiece when both sides were judged guilty of obstruction from the kick-off, but Quins enjoyed the lion's share of possession as the game drew to a close.

Bath battled hard as the clock ticked away, but as Ford's final drop goal attempt dropped short, Barnes blew his whistle for the last time, and so ended the West Country side's hopes of a play-off place.

Final score: Harlequins 19 – Bath Rugby 16.

Match details

Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 10-7

Harlequins

Tries: Brown (15)
Cons: Evans (16)
Pens: Evans (35,52,56,67)

Bath

Tries: Ford (22)
Cons: Ford (23)
Pens: Ford (44,65,68)

Harlequins score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Mike Brown 1 0 0 0 5
Nick Evans 0 1 4 0 14

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
George Ford 1 1 3 0 16

Other results

DateTeamScoreTeam
10/05/14 Leicester 31 - 27 Saracens
10/05/14 London Irish 22 - 20 Sale
10/05/14 Newcastle 13 - 23 Exeter
10/05/14 Northampton 74 - 13 Wasps
10/05/14 Worcester 28 - 27 Gloucester
Bath Rugby Lineup
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10

Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Harlequins

V

Bath

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Mike Brown15Nick Abendanon FB
W Tom Williams14Anthony Watson W
C Tim Molenaar13Jonathan Joseph C
C Jordan Turner-Hall12Ollie Devoto C
W Ugo Monye11Matthew Banahan W
4 1 FH Nick Evans10George Ford FH 1 1 3
SH Danny Care9Micky Young SH
P Joe Marler1Paul James P
H David Ward2Eusebio Guinazu H
P Kyle Sinckler3Dave Wilson P
L Charlie Matthews4Stuart Hooper L
L George Robson5Dave Attwood L
FL Maurie Fa'asavalu6Carl Fearns FL
FL Chris Robshaw7Guy Mercer FL
8 Nick Easter8Leroy Houston 8

Replacements

rh Rob Buchanan16Tom Dunn rh
rp Mark Lambert17Anthony Perenise rp
rp Will Collier18Juan Pablo Orlandi rp
r8 Nick Kennedy19Dominic Day r8
rfl Tom Guest20Alafoti Fa'osiliva rfl
rsh Karl Dickson21Peter Stringer rsh
rfh Ben Botica22Gavin Henson rfh
rc Sam Smith23Semesa Rokoduguni rc