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Halloween heartbreak for Bath Rugby against Harlequins

Bath Rugby 28 v Harlequins 38

Despite a strong finish, the free-running Harlequins and a high penalty count saw Bath Rugby lose 28-38 in Round 3 of the Aviva Premiership.

Bath thought they were over for a try when Kyle Eastmond latched onto a fumbled ball at Quins' lineout in the third minute, only for play to be brought back for a knock-on by the home team. 

Instead it was to be Quins who drew first blood with a Nick Evans penalty six minutes in, as Bath were found guilty of not rolling away at the ruck. 0-3.

Soon it was 3-3 after Bath enjoyed successive penalties in the process of breaching their opponents' 22 - George Ford doing the honours. Evans negated that with a penalty of his own in the 17th minute after a frustrating series of re-set scrums in front of the Bath posts. 3-6. 

Bath had been threatening a breakthrough on several occasions in the first half (with forwards Max Lahiff, Leroy Houston and Guy Mercer particularly devastating with the ball in hand), but it finally came near the half-hour mark as Ollie Devoto fired a miss-pass to centre partner Kyle Eastmond on the wing for the try. 

Ford's touchline conversion was the icing on the cake for that first score, which came on the back of a bludgeoning run by Rob Webber, and gave Bath the lead for the first time in the match. 10-9.

Quins caught Bath napping straight after restart, as powerful wings Tim Visser and Marland Yarde combined to haul play up to Bath's 22. Mercer made what was likely a try-saving tackle on Yarde, only for Bath to be penalised soon thereafter. Evans's kick regained the lead for Quins, but it was the home team who went into the half-time break in front with a Ford penalty two minutes from the whistle.

Half Time: Bath Rugby 13-12 Harlequins 

A less than ideal start to Bath's second half saw Quins kick a successful penalty (Evans again) and score a converted try within the first five minutes of play. 

The try came through an unfortunate bounce for the Bath defence, although it was fortunate for the kicker, scrum-half Danny Care, who regathered the ball and scrambled over for the try. Evans converted to make it 13-22. 

Bath's problems were compounded by Quins' next visit to the home half, as Evans kicked another penalty. 13-25. 

Despite Semesa Rokoduguni's try-saving tackle on Mike Brown, Evans stretched Quins' lead further in that 54th minute after another penalty. 13-28. 

The home team were finally given some reprieve as the referee awarded them a penalty three minutes later, Ford making it 16-28 from in front of the posts. 

Those three points offered little succour to Bath, though, as no sooner were they on the board than Evans struck another penalty in front of the home posts to make it a 15-point game once again. 16-31.

Bath couldn't find the break they needed and were being mercilessly punished by the referee's whistle. When Eastmond was sent to the sin bin for a no-arms tackle with barely 10 minutes remaining, Quins used their numerical advantage to see through another try, this time through replacement hooker Dave Ward. Evans made light work of the conversion. 16-38. 

The home team somehow found the wherewithal to work their way back up the field unpenalised, where from a lineout in Quins' 22 they formed a strong driving maul. Replacement loosehead Nick Auterac scored the try on 75 minutes, whilst Ford's kick was unlucky to bounce off the upright. 21-38. 

Unbowed, Bath sought a strong finish to the game, and were duly rewarded when Ford put in a crisp pass to Rokoduguni, the winger making an inch of space look like an acre as he crossed for the try. 

Ford finished what had been a tough afternoon for Bath with an excellent touchline conversion.

Full Time: Bath Rugby 28-38 Harlequins 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
31 October 2015
KO 13:30

Attendance: 13,065
Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 13-12

Bath:
Tries: Eastmond (30), Auterac (75), Rokoduguni (81)
Conversions: Ford (31, 82)
Penalties: Ford (13, 38, 56)
Quins:
Tries: Care (43), Ward (71)
Conversions: Evans (44, 72)
Penalties: Evans (7, 17, 34, 36, 42, 49, 53, 61)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Quins.

8'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 3 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

14'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 3 Quins

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

18'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 6 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

31'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 6 Quins

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

32'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 6 Quins

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

35'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 9 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

37'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 12 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

39'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 12 Quins

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 13 - 12 Quins.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

43'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 15 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

43'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

44'

Try for Quins! Bath 13 - 20 Quins

Danny Care scores for Quins.

45'

Conversion! Bath 13 - 22 Quins

Nick Evans with a conversion for Quins.

50'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 25 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

50'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

54'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 28 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

54'

Substitution

Dave Ward replaces for Quins.

54'

Substitution

Kyle Sinckler replaces for Quins.

57'

Penalty Goal! Bath 16 - 28 Quins

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Charlie Matthews replaces James Horwill for Quins.

62'

Penalty Goal! Bath 16 - 31 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

62'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Stuart Hooper replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Mark Lambert replaces Joe Marler for Quins.

68'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Nikola Matawalu for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Luke Wallace replaces Jack Clifford for Quins.

69'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Kyle Eastmond for ten minutes.

72'

Try for Quins! Bath 16 - 36 Quins

Dave Ward scores for Quins.

73'

Substitution

Ollie Lindsay-Hague replaces Tim Visser for Quins.

73'

Conversion! Bath 16 - 38 Quins

Nick Evans with a conversion for Quins.

73'

Substitution

Karl Dickson replaces Danny Care for Quins.

73'

Substitution

Ben Botica replaces Nick Evans for Quins.

73'

Substitution

Max Northcote-Green replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

76'

Try for Bath! Bath 21 - 38 Quins

Nick Auterac scores for Bath.

82'

Try for Bath! Bath 26 - 38 Quins

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

83'

Conversion! Bath 28 - 38 Quins

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

83'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Quins.

Final score: Bath 28 - 38 Quins.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford023013
Kyle Eastmond10005
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Nick Auterac10005
Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Nick Evans028028
Danny Care10005
Dave Ward10005
Bath v Quins
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMax
Lahiff
1Joe
Marler
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Joe
Gray
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Adam
Jones
P    
    LDominic
Day
4James
Horwill
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Sam
Twomey
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Jack
Clifford
FL    
    FLGuy
Mercer
7Chris
Robshaw
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Nick
Easter
8    
    SHNikola
Matawalu
9Danny
Care
SH1   
3 2 FHGeorge
Ford
10Nick
Evans
FH 2 8
    WMatt
Banahan
11Tim
Visser
W    
   1CKyle
Eastmond
12Harry
Sloan
C    
    COllie
Devoto
13George
Lowe
C    
   1WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Marland
Yarde
W    
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Mike
Brown
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Dave
Ward
R1   
   1RPNick
Auterac
17Mark
Lambert
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Kyle
Sinckler
R    
    RLStuart
Hooper
19Charlie
Matthews
RL    
    RLMax
Northcote-Green
20Luke
Wallace
RFL    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Karl
Dickson
RSH    
    RCRhys
Priestland
22Ben
Botica
RFH    
    RWTom
Homer
23Ollie
Lindsay-Hague
RW