Bath Rugby U18 finish all square in 11-try thriller against Harlequins U18

22 January 2018

Bath Rugby U18 played out another thriller on Saturday drawing 36-36 with Harlequins U18 at Chippenham RFC.

A week after their 41-50 victory against London Irish U18, the Blue Black and White matched Quins blow for blow in another entertaining encounter. 

The visitors were first off the mark, with winger James Bourton crossing for the opening try of the afternoon after 13 minutes. Miles Gilbert, hit back six minutes later to continue his recent scoring run, with the winger’s attempt converted by Tom de Glanville. 10-5

The fly-half added another penalty to take Bath into a 10-5 lead, before replacement James Botterill crossed the whitewash inside the last 10 minutes of the half. There was just enough time for Gilbert to notch his fourth try in two games, to send his side into the interval with a five-point advantage. 17-12

Half-time – Bath Rugby U18 17-12 Harlequins U18

Three minutes into the second period, Jon Benz-Salomon levelled up the scoreline, as the loosehead prop got on the scoring act for Quins. However, a try from Ethan Hutt put Bath back in front with less than 30 minutes on the clock. 22-17

The tries continued to flood in, and it was Harlequins who hit back just a few minutes later through Louis Lynagh. The resulting conversion from Luc Smith gave his side a two-point lead. 22-24

That advantage was short-lived, as Bath second rower Chris Moore scored a fourth try for the Blue, Black and White to ensure a tense final 20 minutes at Chippenham RFC. 29-24

Two quick-fire tries from fullback Jordan Bond and a second of the afternoon from Botterill, sent the visitors into a seven-point lead. Bath weren’t ready to give up without a fight, and it was Rory Murchison, who found his way over the try line. The ever-reliable de Glanville kept his nerve to add the extra and ensure the game finished all square.

Full-time – Bath Rugby U18 36-36 Harlequins U18

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