Match Report | Bath Rugby 15-28 Harlequins

Bath Rugby 15 v Harlequins 28

A young Bath Rugby side produced an improved second-half performance but fell short against an experienced Harlequins.

Featuring nine homegrown players, Bath Rugby started the game with no recognised second rows after the late withdrawal of Josh McNally.

Ethan Staddon joined the starting 15 to make his starting debut, with Josh Bayliss moving up into the second row. Ben Spencer took over the captaincy of the Blue, Black and White for the first time.

Bath got off to a good start with Bayliss winning a penalty in-front of the posts and Rhys Priestland slotting the penalty.

Quins responded immediately from the kick-off, with Marcus Smith adding three points.

Two minutes later Louis Lynagh found space out-wide and following some close inter-passing, Alex Dombrandt dived over for the first try of the game. Smith added the extra two points.

The next ten minutes was played in-between the 10 metre lines but indiscipline allowed Quins to extend their lead to 16-3, through two penalties from Smith and his replacement James Lang.

On the half an hour mark Danny Care increased the tempo and set-up Aaron Morris for a second Quins try.

Miles Reid left the field a few minutes later with a cut to the head, providing 18-year-old Ewan Richards to make his senior debut.

There were no more scores, leaving the half-time score 21-3 to Quins.

Straight from the restart Bath looked dangerous. A break from Semesa Rokoduguni resulted in a penalty which Priestland nudged into the corner. After the resulting line-out, Tom Dunn peeled off the ruck and powered over. Priestland added the conversion to reduce the deficit to 11 points.

Quins then enjoyed a period of pressure, but Bath's defence held firm. However, the TMO judged Rokoduguni deliberately knocked the ball on in the tackle and the winger was sent to the sin bin.

From the resulting line-out, Danny Care took advantage of their numerical advantage and sneaked over. Josh Matavesi was then also sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle to reduce Bath to 13. James Lang added the conversion to stretch Quins lead to 28-10 with just under half an hour left on the clock.

Will Muir and Tian Schoeman were then awarded their debuts which lead to a period of pressure for the Blue, Black and White.

On 76 minutes, a slick move, orchestrated by Will Chudley, created space out wide for Tom de Glanville to score.

With Muir looking dangerous at every opportunity, Bath created space and de Glanville was denied a second try with the line in his sights.

Bath were inches away from a losing bonus point but can be encouraged by a positive second half from a young side and some exciting debuts.


PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH

For the second week in a row the homegrown back-rower moved up into the second-row and put in an all action performance. 

Pol Roger Performance of the Match


REACTION 


GALLERY


Line Ups

Bath Rugby

15. Tom de Glanville, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Max Clark, 12. Josh Matavesi, 11. Joe Cokanasiga, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Ben Spencer ©, 1. Juan Schoeman, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Christian Judge, 4. Ethan Staddon 5. Mike Williams, 6. Josh Bayliss, 7. Miles Reid, 8. Zach Mercer

Replacements: 16. Jack Walker, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. Kieran Verden, 19. Ewan Richards, 20. Tom Doughty, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Will Muir

Harlequins

15. Mike Brown, 14. Louis Lynagh, 13. Joe Marchant, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Aaron Morris, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Danny Care, 1. Joe Marler, 2. Scott Baldwin, 3. Wilco Louw, 4. Matt Symons, 5. Stephan Lewies ©6. Archie White, 7. Will Evans, 8. Alex Dombrandt

Replacements: 16. Elia Elia, 17. Jordan Els, 18. Simon Kerrod, 19. Glen Young, 20. Richard de Carpentier, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. James Lang, 23. Tyrone Green 


Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
6 February 2021
KO 14:15

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Half Time score: 3-21

Bath:
Tries: Dunn (43), de Glanville (75)
Conversions: Priestland (44)
Penalties: Priestland (4)
Quins:
Tries: Dombrandt (7), Morris (27), Care (51)
Conversions: Smith (8), Lang (52)
Penalties: Smith (6, 17), Lang (22)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Quins.

5'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Quins

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

7'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 3 Quins

Marcus Smith kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

8'

Try for Quins! Bath 3 - 8 Quins

Alex Dombrandt scores for Quins.

9'

Conversion! Bath 3 - 10 Quins

Marcus Smith with a conversion for Quins.

17'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 13 Quins

Marcus Smith kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

22'

Substitution

James Lang replaces Marcus Smith for Quins.

23'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 16 Quins

James Lang kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

28'

Try for Quins! Bath 3 - 21 Quins

Aaron Morris scores for Quins.

36'

Substitution

Ewan Richards replaces Miles Reid for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 3 - 21 Quins.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

40'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Ewan Richards for Bath.

44'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 21 Quins

Tom Dunn scores for Bath.

45'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 21 Quins

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

50'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Semesa Rokoduguni for ten minutes.

52'

Try for Quins! Bath 10 - 26 Quins

Danny Care scores for Quins.

53'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Josh Matavesi for ten minutes.

53'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 28 Quins

James Lang with a conversion for Quins.

53'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Jamie Bhatti replaces Juan Schoeman for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Elia Elia replaces Scott Baldwin for Quins.

56'

Substitution

Simon Kerrod replaces Wilco Louw for Quins.

56'

Substitution

Tyrone Green replaces Louis Lynagh for Quins.

61'

Substitution

Tian Schoeman replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

61'

Substitution

William Muir replaces Joe Cokanasiga for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Ben Spencer for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Santiago Garcia Botta replaces Joe Marler for Quins.

67'

Substitution

Martin Landajo replaces Danny Care for Quins.

69'

Substitution

Louis Lynagh replaces Aaron Morris for Quins.

69'

Substitution

Glen Young replaces Stephan Lewies for Quins.

71'

Substitution

Kieran Verden replaces Christian Judge for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Richard De Carpentier replaces Archie White for Quins.

73'

Substitution

Ewan Richards replaces Ethan Staddon for Bath.

76'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 28 Quins

Tom de Glanville scores for Bath.

86'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Quins.

Final score: Bath 15 - 28 Quins.