Bath Rugby U18’s pushed on from their emphatic 77-17 victory over Bristol Bears U18’s with a hard fought 8-16 victory over Harlequins on Saturday at Surrey Sports Park.
The victory takes them up to third in the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League - Southern Conference, with three victories from four, leaving them two points from the top spot held by Gloucester.
It wasn’t an ideal start for Bath U18’s with Harlequins getting over after 14 minutes through full-back Louis Lynagh, giving the hosts an early lead, Luc Smith was unable to add the extras. [5-0]
The visitors applied their first points to the scoreboard three minutes from the interval. Bath had a strong attacking platform with a line-out just five metres out, the ball was taken well and a powerful rolling maul took play to just inches from the line.
The Bath forwards went through the phases patiently before flanker Xavier Hastings crashed over from close range. Orlando Bailey’s added the extras from the tee. [5-7]
Harlequins retook the lead two minutes later, Smith slotting three point to give his side a one point lead going into the break. [8-7]
Half-time – Harlequins U18’s 8-7 Bath Rugby U18’s
Bailey put his side back in front with 43 minutes showing on the clock, sending a penalty from 22 metres out straight through the uprights. [8-10]
Bailey extended his sides lead from the tee eight minutes later, the fly-half continuing his 100% record from the tee, putting his side five points ahead going into the final 20 minutes. [8-13]
Another penalty from Bailey two minutes later was enough to give his side a hard-fought eight-point victory away from home. [8-16]
Full-time – Bath Rugby U18’s 8-16 Harlequins U18’s
Academy pathway coach Ryan Davis gave his thoughts post match "Overall it was a great learning experience! We found a way to play in really wet conditions and continue to develop our brand of rugby against a strong Quins team. An aggressive defence and stubborn attack gave us the edge today."