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Bonus-point victory takes Bath Rugby back into top four

Bath Rugby 38 v Harlequins 14

Bath Rugby scored four tries on their way to an impressive 38-14 bonus-point victory against Harlequins at the Recreation Ground, a win that takes them back into the Aviva Premiership top four.

It was a blistering start to the game from Bath, with the first try coming after just two minutes. Aled Brew skilfully tapped the high-ball back, finding Elliott Stooke in support. The second rower offloaded to Freddie Burns, who found Zach Mercer outside him. The young flanker went on a mazy run, dancing around the Quins defence, before passing to Paul Grant who ran in for the score. Burns added the extras. 7-0.

With eight minutes on the clock, Quins were reduced to 14 men, as James Chisholm was sent to the sin-bin for a tip tackle on Kahn Fotuali’i.

The home side took advantage of their extra man, with Matt Banahan bursting his way through the midfield. The centre was tackled just short of the line, but the ball quickly found its way into the hands of Burns who, in acres of space, had a simple stroll across the line to score his first Aviva Premiership try for Bath. He converted his own score, doubling the lead to 14-0.

Three minutes later and Bath were galloping over the try-line once more, this time with the forwards at the heart of it. Anthony Perenise and Tom Dunn combined well in the midfield, Matt Garvey continued the move and, after the ball was flicked wide by Banahan, Stooke powered his way over in the corner. 19-0.

Harlequins looked like they’d scored themselves through Tim Visser, but the try was chalked off after consultation with the Television Match Official for a knock-on by Dave Ward in the build-up.

20 minutes on the clock and Bath had the bonus point try in the bag. Fotuali’i – who was again instrumental in driving the home side forward – sprung from the bottom of a rock with ball in hand and sprinted up the pitch. He sent a looping pass out to Banahan, who got the ball down despite the attentions of two Quins defenders. Burns added the extras once more to take the score to 26-0.

Once they were restored to 15 men, Quins began to find some shape and spent 10 minutes camped in the Bath 22 before managing to break the defence – replacement Henry Cheeseman sneaking through from short range. James Lang added the conversion. 26-7.

Burns extended the lead with a penalty on 38 minutes and managed to hold out the Quins attack to close out a strong first half.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 29 – Harlequins 7

After a frenetic opening 40 minutes, the capacity crowd had to wait 20 minutes for another score - Burns adding a further three points from the boot to put daylight between the two teams. 32-7.

Harlequins hit back three minutes later with their second try of the afternoon. Replacement Josh Lewis showed his acceleration with a stunning break from one 22 to the other, but lost possession in the tackle. The loose ball ended up in the hands of replacement Gabriel Ibitoye, and the winger showed his electric pace to score a memorable breakaway try, despite the best efforts of the closing Max Lahiff. 32-14.

With the game going into the last 10 minutes, Lewis had the chance to score his first points of the afternoon, and the fly-half didn’t disappoint from the tee, as he extended Bath’s lead to 21 points. 35-14.

Bath continued to control the game, and with a minute to play Lewis added another three points to close out an impressive victory at the Rec.

Final score: Bath Rugby 38 - Harlequins 14   

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
25 November 2017
KO 12:45

Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Craig Maxwell-keys
Half Time score: 29-7

Bath:
Tries: Grant (1), Burns (9), Stooke (12), Banahan (18)
Conversions: Burns (2, 10, 19)
Penalties: Burns (38, 60), Lewis (71, 79)
Quins:
Tries: Cheeseman (32), Ibitoye (63)
Conversions: Lang (33, 65)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Quins.

2'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Quins

Paul Grant scores for Bath.

3'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Quins

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

9'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose James Chisholm for ten minutes.

10'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 0 Quins

Freddie Burns scores for Bath.

11'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 0 Quins

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

11'

Substitution

Henry Cheeseman replaces Marcus Smith for Quins.

13'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 0 Quins

Elliott Stooke scores for Bath.

19'

Try for Bath! Bath 24 - 0 Quins

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

20'

Conversion! Bath 26 - 0 Quins

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

27'

Substitution

Archie White replaces Charlie Matthews for Quins.

33'

Try for Quins! Bath 26 - 5 Quins

Henry Cheeseman scores for Quins.

34'

Conversion! Bath 26 - 7 Quins

James Lang with a conversion for Quins.

39'

Penalty Goal! Bath 29 - 7 Quins

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 29 - 7 Quins.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

50'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Anthony Perenise for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Kyle Sinckler replaces Anthony Perenise for Quins.

56'

Substitution

Elia Elia replaces Dave Ward for Quins.

61'

Penalty Goal! Bath 32 - 7 Quins

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Gabriel Ibitoye replaces Ross Chisholm for Quins.

61'

Substitution

Ian Prior replaces Jono Kitto for Quins.

61'

Substitution

Josh Lewis replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Michael Van Vuuren replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

64'

Try for Quins! Bath 32 - 12 Quins

Gabriel Ibitoye scores for Quins.

66'

Conversion! Bath 32 - 14 Quins

James Lang with a conversion for Quins.

70'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

72'

Penalty Goal! Bath 35 - 14 Quins

Josh Lewis kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Dino Lamb replaces Mathew Luamanu for Quins.

75'

Substitution

Darren Atkins replaces Aled Brew for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Cameron Holenstein replaces Lewis Boyce for Quins.

80'

Penalty Goal! Bath 38 - 14 Quins

Josh Lewis kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 38 - 14 Quins.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns132017
Josh Lewis00206
Elliott Stooke10005
Paul Grant10005
Matt Banahan10005
Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Henry Cheeseman10005
Gabriel Ibitoye10005
James Lang02004
Bath v Quins
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBeno
Obano
1Lewis
Boyce
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Dave
Ward
H    
    PAnthony
Perenise
3Will
Collier
P    
    LLuke
Charteris
4Charlie
Matthews
L    
   1LElliott
Stooke
5James
Horwill
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Ben
Glynn
FL    
    FLZach
Mercer
7James
Chisholm
FL    
   18Paul
Grant
8Mathew
Luamanu
8    
    SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Jono
Kitto
SH    
2 31FHFreddie
Burns
10Marcus
Smith
FH    
    WAled
Brew
11Tim
Visser
W    
    CBen
Tapuai
12James
Lang
C 2  
   1CMatt
Banahan
13Alofa
Alofa
C    
    WJack
Wilson
14Charlie
Walker
W    
    FBJames
Wilson
15Ross
Chisholm
FB    
Replacements
    RHMichael
Van Vuuren
16Elia
Elia
RH    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Cameron
Holenstein
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Kyle
Sinckler
RP    
    RLLevi
Douglas
19Dino
Lamb
R8    
    RFLJosh
Bayliss
20Archie
White
RL    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Ian
Prior
RSH    
2   RFHJosh
Lewis
22Henry
Cheeseman
RFH1   
    RWDarren
Atkins
23Gabriel
Ibitoye
RFB1