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Bath

Bath Rugby 13 v 26 Harlequins

5 November 2011, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Harlequins
Penalty | Evans 6' Try | Attwood 11' Conversion | Vesty 12' Try | Robshaw 16' Conversion | Evans 17' Penalty | Evans 19' Penalty | Evans 47' Penalty | Vesty 49' Penalty | Evans 52' Substitution | Wilson <> Perenise 52' Substitution | Attwood <> Caldwell 52' Substitution | Carraro <> Heathcote 57' Substitution | Dickson <> Care 58' Substitution | Skirving <> Mercer 62' Substitution | Catt <> Beech 62' Substitution | Gray <> Brooker 65' Penalty | Vesty 69' Try | Brown 73' Conversion | Evans 73' Substitution | Mears <> Batty 74' Substitution | Robson <> Vallejos-Cinalli 75'

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5 November 2011, 5:35pm

Bath Rugby unable to halt Quins’ winning run

Despite a try from Dave Attwood and eight points from the boot of Sam Vesty, Bath couldn't beat table toppers Harlequins at a sold out Recreation Ground. Final Score Bath Rugby 13 Harlequins 26

Bath began the game on the front foot attacking the Harlequins defence directly and with purpose. Two penalty chances emerged within the first five minutes and Vesty coming close on both occasions but sadly couldn't find his mark. However, Quins fly-half Nick Evans had his own chance to grab the first points and he did, giving the visitors the early lead 0-3.

A counter attacking up and under kick from scrum-half Michael Claassens put Quins captain Chris Robshaw under immediate pressure from the chasing young academy winger, Olly Woodburn, who smashed Robshaw and rucked superbly turning over the ball. Quick recycling saw Bath ship the ball slickly through the hands and it looked as if winger Tom Biggs had scored the first try but for referee Dean Richards to say it was the held up. Bath scrummed down powerfully, setting a great platform to play from. Despite the spilt ball out the back of the scrum, close forward play edged inches nearer to the line, drawing in the defence. Claassens found a waiting Attwood who crashed over from short range to score the deserved Bath try. Vesty converted. 7-3.

Harlequins responded immediately though, and a well taken line-out deep in Bath's 22, rewarded the Quins as they drove over the line after a handful of pick and drives, with Robshaw touching down. Evans added the extras. 7-10.

Quins added another three points shortly after the restart when Bath were initially penalised for offside at the breakdown and penalised a further ten metres after not retreating. Evans was again on song taking Harlequins ahead by six points at half time. 7-13.

As the game resumed with the start of the second half, a penalty a piece quickly allowed both teams to add another three points to their scoresheet. Ten minutes had passed and after play broke down, following some 'fisty-cuffs', the referee sought the advice of the touch judges and awarded a penalty to Quins in which Evans added another three points to his tally. 10-19.

Bath showed great attacking sense with just over ten minutes remaining and made their way to within a metre of the Quins try line. They were awarded the penalty after Quins were found guilty of not rolling away and Vesty put the ball through the posts. 13-19.

Bath's hopes of a late comeback were shattered with just over five minutes remaining, as Mike Brown broke away from the back of an attacking Quins ruck and sneaked through a gap at the fringes, stepped the last defender and scored just right of the posts. Evans converted. 13-26.

Final score - Bath Rugby 13 Harlequins 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Rob Breckon

Match details

Attendance: 12,200
Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 7-13

Bath

Tries: Attwood (11)
Cons: Vesty (12)
Pens: Vesty (49,69)

Harlequins

Tries: Robshaw (16), Brown (73)
Cons: Evans (17,73)
Pens: Evans (6,19,47,52)

Man of the match award

Home

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Sam Vesty 0 1 2 0 8
Dave Attwood 1 0 0 0 5

Harlequins score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Mike Brown 1 0 0 0 5
Nick Evans 0 2 4 0 16
Chris Robshaw 1 0 0 0 5

Other results

DateTeamScoreTeam
05/11/11 Leicester 24 - 24 London Irish
05/11/11 Exeter 19 - 24 Gloucester
Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath

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Harlequins

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Nick Abendanon15Mike Brown FB 1
W Ollie Woodburn14Seb Stegmann W
C Dan Hipkiss13George Lowe C
C Matthew Carraro12Jordan Turner-Hall C
W Tom Biggs11Sam Smith W
2 1 FH Sam Vesty10Nick Evans FH 2 4
SH Michael Claassens9Karl Dickson SH
P Nathan Catt1Joe Marler P
H Lee Mears2Joe Gray H
P Dave Wilson3James Johnston P
L Stuart Hooper4Ollie Kohn L
1 L Dave Attwood5George Robson L
FL Ben Skirving6Maurie Fa'asavalu FL
FL Francois Louw7Chris Robshaw FL 1
8 Simon Taylor8Nick Easter 8

Replacements

rh Ross Batty16Chris Brooker rh
rp Charlie Beech17Nic Mayhew rp
rp Anthony Perenise18Kyle Sinckler rp
r8 Ryan Caldwell19Tomas Vallejos-Cinalli r8
rfl Guy Mercer20Luke Wallace rfl
rsh Chris Cook21Daniel Care rsh
rfh Tom Heathcote22Rory Clegg rfh
rc Jack Cuthbert23Matt Hopper rc