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Bath Rugby leave comeback too late at the Stoop

Harlequins 35 v Bath Rugby 28

Bath Rugby left their comeback too late at the Twickenham Stoop tonight, their exhilarating encounter with Harlequins ending 35-28 in the hosts' favour. 

An unfortunate opening five minutes for Bath entailed a penalty and try to the home team: the first as the visitors failed to roll away at the ruck; the second as Quins intercepted inside Bath's half and saw centre Harry Sloan go over for the try (the conversion for which was missed).

Far from being overwhelmed by coughing up a fast eight points, Bath conjured a fabulous move from the scrum, with centres Kyle Eastmond and Matt Banahan leading a charge through a gap in the Quins midfield. Banahan, having surged ahead, passed to wing Horacio Agulla.

The Argentine was brought down painfully shy of the try line, but Bath were then in a position from which Homer was able to kick a simple penalty in front of the posts as Quins infringed at the breakdown. 8-3.

Homer's three-pointer was cancelled out by one of Ben Botica's own shortly after, only for Homer to strike another of his own a minute later when Quins were penalised at the breakdown. 11-6. 

Frustratingly for Bath, scrum-half Chris Cook was shown yellow in the 35th minute, as Quins extended their lead to eight points through the boot of Botica. 14-6.

Time was almost up for the first half when Quins wing Charlie Walker cut an unstoppable line, fending off a would-be Bath defender to cross for the try, which Botica converted to end the half. 

Half-time: Harlequins 21-6 Bath Rugby

Quins were able to further establish their command of the match within two minutes of the second half, after a wayward Bath pass was snatched up by Walker, who raced away for his second try of the night. Botica converted: 28-6

A bitter blow came in the 45th minute as Quins scored their bonus point try through captain James Horwill after a strong driving maul set the former Wallaby up in a good position to crash over. Botica added the extras: 35-6.

A small consolation for Bath came as the 70th minute approached; a driving maul allowing Amanaki Mafi to dot down in the left corner. Homer was unable to convert from near the left touchline, but Bath had scored their first try of the night. 

One try became two minutes later, as Matt Banahan went charging into the Quins half. It took at least two retreating defenders to bring Banahan down, by which point the space had been made for the lightning-quick replacement wing Jeff Williams to run over for a try. Homer converted and Bath were beginning to look like themselves.

Banahan was at the heart of Bath's next score with fewer than seven minutes left, as he made an impressive pass that enabled Semesa Rokoduguni to sidestep his way back inside from his wing and sprint in for the try, which Homer converted. 35-25.

Against all odds, Bath were able to finish the match with a losing bonus point as Homer kicked a last-minute penalty to end the match. 

Full-time: Harlequins 35-28 Bath Rugby

Match details

The Stoop
Aviva Premiership
11 March 2016
KO 19:45

Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 21-6

Quins:
Tries: Sloan (3), Walker (39, 41), Horwill (44)
Conversions: Botica (40, 42, 45)
Penalties: Botica (2, 12, 35)
Bath:
Tries: Mafi (65), Williams (69), Rokoduguni (72)
Conversions: Homer (70, 73)
Penalties: Homer (10, 14, 80)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Quins and Bath.

3'

Penalty Goal! Quins 3 - 0 Bath

Ben Botica kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

4'

Try for Quins! Quins 8 - 0 Bath

Harry Sloan scores for Quins.

11'

Penalty Goal! Quins 8 - 3 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

13'

Penalty Goal! Quins 11 - 3 Bath

Ben Botica kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

15'

Penalty Goal! Quins 11 - 6 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

35'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Chris Cook for ten minutes.

36'

Penalty Goal! Quins 14 - 6 Bath

Ben Botica kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

40'

Try for Quins! Quins 19 - 6 Bath

Charlie Walker scores for Quins.

41'

Conversion! Quins 21 - 6 Bath

Ben Botica with a conversion for Quins.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Quins 21 - 6 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

42'

Try for Quins! Quins 26 - 6 Bath

Charlie Walker scores for Quins.

43'

Conversion! Quins 28 - 6 Bath

Ben Botica with a conversion for Quins.

45'

Try for Quins! Quins 33 - 6 Bath

James Horwill scores for Quins.

46'

Conversion! Quins 35 - 6 Bath

Ben Botica with a conversion for Quins.

53'

Substitution

Leroy Houston replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Owen Evans replaces Mark Lambert for Quins.

56'

Substitution

Will Collier replaces Kyle Sinckler for Quins.

57'

Substitution

Joe Marchant replaces George Lowe for Quins.

57'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Sam Twomey replaces George Merrick for Quins.

66'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose Sam Twomey for ten minutes.

66'

Try for Bath! Quins 35 - 11 Bath

Amanaki Mafi scores for Bath.

70'

Try for Bath! Quins 35 - 16 Bath

Jeff Williams scores for Bath.

70'

Conversion! Quins 35 - 18 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Guy Mercer replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Joe Gray replaces Dave Ward for Quins.

71'

Substitution

James Chisholm replaces Nick Easter for Quins.

73'

Try for Bath! Quins 35 - 23 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

74'

Conversion! Quins 35 - 25 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

78'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose James Horwill for ten minutes.

81'

Penalty Goal! Quins 35 - 28 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Quins.

Final score: Quins 35 - 28 Bath.

Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ben Botica033015
Charlie Walker200010
James Horwill10005
Harry Sloan10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Homer023013
Amanaki Mafi10005
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Jeff Williams10005
Quins v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMark
Lambert
1Max
Lahiff
P    
    HDave
Ward
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PKyle
Sinckler
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LGeorge
Merrick
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
   1LJames
Horwill
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLMathew
Luamanu
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLLuke
Wallace
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Nick
Easter
8Amanaki
Mafi
81   
    SHKarl
Dickson
9Chris
Cook
SH    
3 3 FHBen
Botica
10Ollie
Devoto
FH    
    WHenry
Cheeseman
11Horacio
Agulla
W    
   1CHarry
Sloan
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CGeorge
Lowe
13Matt
Banahan
C    
   2WCharlie
Walker
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W1   
    FBRoss
Chisholm
15Tom
Homer
FB 2 3
Replacements
    RHJoe
Gray
16Dan
Frost
R    
    RPOwen
Evans
17Nathan
Catt
RP    
    RPWill
Collier
18David
Wilson
RP    
    RLSam
Twomey
19Leroy
Houston
RL    
    R8James
Chisholm
20Guy
Mercer
RFL    
    RTito
Tebaldi
21Jonathan
Evans
R    
    RCJoe
Marchant
22Max
Clark
RC    
    ROllie
Lindsay-Hague
23Jeff
Williams
RW1