3 years ago
31 October 2010, 11:05am
Bath Rugby held on for a 6-6 all draw with Harlequins, in a hard fought, defensively strong game at the Stoop.
Just three points were scored in the first half, as Olly Barkley opened the scoring for Bath Rugby with a superb long range kick from inside the Bath half, eight minutes into the game.
A close game was fought out throughout the first half, as both teams attacked hard and fast, but came up against equally strong defences.
With just over 20 minutes gone in the first half, Bath got their first try scoring opportunity. Danny Grewcock secured the ball from the lineout, feeding down to Sam Vesty. After some surging drives from the forwards, Michael Claassens chipped the ball through, and Tom Biggs gave chase. Quins full-back Mike Brown was on hand however to touch down just before Biggs made it to the line.
Bath steadily built up the pressure on Quins in the first half, creeping further into the home side's half. With six minutes left in the first half, Barkley had a chance to double the lead after Quins were penalised for collapsing the scrum. However, he nudged the kick just wide of the posts, and so Bath took a narrow 0-3 lead in at half time.
Bath came out attacking hard in the second half, with the ball moving across the pitch from a turnover, and it was only through a high tackle on Matt Banahan that the attack was halted. Barkley made no mistake with the resulting penalty, and took the visitor's lead to 0-6.
However, whilst the Bath defence stood firm, Quins slowly crept back into the game, with Nick Evans successfully kicking two penalties within five minutes to draw the teams level.
With just over five minutes left of the game, Bath stole a Quins lineout, and attacked hard into the 22. Working the ball into the centre of the pitch, Sam Vesty lined up the drop goal, only for the attempt to fall just wide.
As both sides fought hard in the dying minutes of the game, so both defences held strong. Neither side could find a way through to break the deadlock, and so the game ended 6-6.
By Rob Breckon
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