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Harlequins come out on top in Premiership Rugby Cup clash

Bath Rugby 19 v Harlequins 27

Harlequins recorded a narrow 19-27 victory over Bath Rugby in the first round of the Premiership Rugby Cup at the Rec.

It was the home side who got the first points on the board after 13 minutes, with Jack Walker scoring the opening try. After conceding a host of penalties in their 22, Harlequins were reduced to 14 men, with Stan South bring down a rolling maul close to his own line. Bath persisted with the catch and drive, and their patience was rewarded with Walker crossing the whitewash. Alex Davies was unable to add the conversion. [5-0]

The visitors hit back five minutes later through the boot of Demetri Catrakilis, who took his side back within two. The fly-half was back amongst the points six minutes later with another successful penalty attempt. [5-6]

Bath continued to test the resolve of the Harlequins defence and nearly found their way over the try line for a second time with 10 minutes to play in the first half. Despite going over the line, Harlequins managed to stand firm as they held the Blue, Black and White over the line.

With the clock drifting into the final 30 seconds of the half, it was Harlequins who increased their lead. After taking a quick free-kick, Harlequins went for a counter attack out wide. Alex Dombrandt found full-back Aaron Morris with a clever offload, and the full-back put a grubber kick into space. Charlie Walker was the quickest in the chase, as the winger pounced on the ball over the try line to send his side into the interval with a six-point lead.

Half-time - Bath Rugby 5-11 Harlequins

Harlequins continued to gather momentum in the second half and increased their advantage on 44 minutes. The visitors progressed through the phases in the Bath 22 before Dombrandt cut through the Bath defence to finish under the posts. Catrakilis added the conversion to put his side in firm control on the scoreboard. [5-18]

Catrakilis was back in action 13 minutes later, adding a further three points to his tally following a high tackle from the Bath defence. [5-21]  

Bath continued to plug away in attack and reduced arrears with just under 15 minutes to play at the Rec. After Dombrandt was sent to the sin-bin, Bath continued to gather momentum with the catch and drive, a strong point throughout the game. Their efforts were rewarded, as Ross Batty went over from the rolling maul. Davies made it a seven-point score to take the score to 12-21.  

The prolific Catrakilis continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with another three points, to leave Bath two scores adrift going into the final 10 minutes. [12-24]

The hosts, didn’t give up however and moments later Batty added his second of the game. In what was almost a replica of his first effort, the hooker used his experience to dot down from another well-worked move from the pack. Bath close the gap further with a successful conversion making it a five-point difference. [19-24]

Harlequins closed out the game in the closing stages, with James Lang putting his side out of reach with four minutes to play slotting a straight forward penalty from in front of the posts. [19-27]

Bath will now travel to Sandy Park next weekend to face Exeter Chiefs in the second round of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Full-time – Bath Rugby 19-27 Harlequins  

Match details

Recreation Ground
Premiership Rugby Cup
27 October 2018
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Greg Macdonald
Half Time score: 5-11

Bath:
Tries: Walker (13), Batty (65, 72)
Conversions: Davies (66, 73)
Quins:
Tries: Walker (39), Dombrandt (43)
Conversions: Catrakilis (44)
Penalties: Catrakilis (17, 23, 56, 69), Lang (75)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Quins.

13'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose George Merrick for ten minutes.

14'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Quins

Jack Walker scores for Bath.

18'

Penalty Goal! Bath 5 - 3 Quins

Demetri Catrakilis kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

24'

Penalty Goal! Bath 5 - 6 Quins

Demetri Catrakilis kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

31'

Substitution

Paul Lasike replaces Francis Saili for Quins.

32'

Substitution

Dino Lamb replaces Stan South for Quins.

35'

Substitution

Jack Davies replaces Miles Reid for Bath.

38'

Substitution

Francis Saili replaces Paul Lasike for Quins.

39'

Try for Quins! Bath 5 - 11 Quins

Charlie Walker scores for Quins.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 5 - 11 Quins.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Try for Quins! Bath 5 - 16 Quins

Alex Dombrandt scores for Quins.

45'

Conversion! Bath 5 - 18 Quins

Demetri Catrakilis with a conversion for Quins.

54'

Substitution

Phil Swainston replaces Will Collier for Quins.

54'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Sam Nixon for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Max Green replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

57'

Penalty Goal! Bath 5 - 21 Quins

Demetri Catrakilis kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

60'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Will Britton replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Dave Ward replaces Elia Elia for Quins.

63'

Substitution

Dave Lewis replaces Charlie Mulchrone for Quins.

63'

Substitution

Paul Lasike replaces Francis Saili for Quins.

63'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Lewis Boyce for Quins.

65'

Substitution

Will Vaughan replaces Lucas Noguera Paz for Bath.

66'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose Alex Dombrandt for ten minutes.

66'

Try for Bath! Bath 10 - 21 Quins

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Mathew Luamanu replaces Archie White for Quins.

67'

Conversion! Bath 12 - 21 Quins

Alex Davies with a conversion for Bath.

70'

Penalty Goal! Bath 12 - 24 Quins

Demetri Catrakilis kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

72'

Substitution

Darren Atkins replaces Ruaridh McConnochie for Bath.

73'

Try for Bath! Bath 17 - 24 Quins

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

74'

Conversion! Bath 19 - 24 Quins

Alex Davies with a conversion for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Max Wright replaces Jack Wilson for Bath.

74'

Substitution

James Lang replaces Demetri Catrakilis for Quins.

76'

Penalty Goal! Bath 19 - 27 Quins

James Lang kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Quins.

Final score: Bath 19 - 27 Quins.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ross Batty200010
Jack Walker10005
Alex Davies02004
Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Demetri Catrakilis014014
Alex Dombrandt10005
Charlie Walker10005
James Lang00103
Bath v Quins
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PLucas
Noguera Paz
1Lewis
Boyce
P    
   1HJack
Walker
2Elia
Elia
H    
    PSam
Nixon
3Will
Collier
P    
    LLuke
Charteris
4Stan
South
L    
    LMatt
Garvey
5George
Merrick
L    
    FLLevi
Douglas
6Alex
Dombrandt
FL1   
    FLJosh
Bayliss
7Archie
White
FL    
    8Miles
Reid
8Jack
Clifford
8    
    SHWill
Chudley
9Charlie
Mulchrone
SH    
  2 FHAlex
Davies
10Demetri
Catrakilis
FH 1 4
    WRuaridh
McConnochie
11Ross
Chisholm
W    
    CMax
Clark
12Francis
Saili
C    
    CJack
Wilson
13Alofa
Alofa
C    
    WLevi
Davis
14Charlie
Walker
W1   
    FBTom
Homer
15Aaron
Morris
FB    
Replacements
   2RHRoss
Batty
16Dave
Ward
RH    
    RPWill
Vaughan
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Phil
Swainston
RP    
    RLWill
Britton
19Dino
Lamb
RL    
    R8Jack
Davies
20Mathew
Luamanu
RFL    
    RSHMax
Green
21Dave
Lewis
RSH    
    RCMax
Wright
22James
Lang
RFH   1
    RWDarren
Atkins
23Paul
Lasike
RC