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Harlequins strike at the death to secure the points at the Rec

Bath Rugby 29 v Harlequins 31

Harlequins scored with the last play of the game to secure a 29-31 victory over Bath Rugby at the Rec. 

The visitors controlled the opening 10 minutes with 99% of the possession, which eventually resulted in the first try of the game. Bath fought valiantly in defence, as Harlequins went through multiple phases on the Bath line. It was Chris Robshaw who broke through from close range to score. James Lang increased his side lead to seven points from the tee with eight minutes played. [0-7]

The North London based side doubled their lead just four minutes later through Joe Marchant. Alex Dombrandt capitalised on the loose ball in the midfield and hacked forward and Marchant gave chase to score under the posts. Lang added the extras to give his side a commanding lead with just 12 minutes on the clock. [0-14]

A penalty kick from distance from Rhys Priestland put Bath on the scoreboard on the 16-minute mark to reduce the deficit. [3-14]

After the penalty, Bath began to fight their way back into the game, as they started to take control of possession and territory. A lightning break from Freddie Burns, was the catalyst for the Blue, Black and White’s first score. The full-back stepped two defenders on halfway before shipping the ball inside to Will Chudley. The scrum half hacked the ball into the Harlequins 22 and pressure at the breakdown secured turnover ball. Bath shipped the ball out quickly and the ball found its way to Jonathan Joseph to score his first try of the season. [8-14]

Bath closed the gap further with 10 minutes left in the half, as Priestland found his target once again from the tee. [11-14]

Harlequins hit back four minutes later with their third try of the game with a flowing move finished by the in-form Alex Dombrandt. With play on the Bath 10 metre line, the London side recycled the ball out wide with Ben Tapuai combining with Mike Brown. The full-back cleverly offloaded to Marchant, who found Dombrandt on his inside to score under the posts. [11-21] 

Bath had the final say of the half, as some late pressure paid off with a crucial score. The home side remained patient through the phases and their efforts were rewarded as Nathan Catt burrowed his way over from close range. Priestland’s kick missed the target, but Bath went in to the interval just five points adrift. [16-21] 

Half-time - Bath Rugby 16-21 Harlequins 

Bath continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Some good work from replacement Miles Reid at the breakdown force a penalty, and Priestland made no mistake with the boot. [19-21] 

Bath took the lead for the first time in the game seven minutes later and it was Priestland who added to his tally with another successful penalty. [22-21]

The lead was extended with 15 minutes to play, as Ross Batty crossed the whitewash on  his return to action. Ruaridh McConnochie made a scintillating break down the right wing from halfway, but was stopped a metre short of the line. However, the former sevens man showed great awareness to pick out Batty to score. Priestland extended the lead to eight with his conversion. [29-21]

Harlequins were not going to let their winning streak end without a fight, and six minutes later they closed the gap. Brown was at the heart of the move once again as he found Marchant out wide, and the centre continued his rich vein of scoring form. [29-26] 

It was heartbreak for Bath Rugby, as Nathan Earle went over with the clock deep in the red. The visitors disrupted the ball at the line-out mid-way inside the Bath half and quickly found their way into the 22. After some patient work through the phases, the ball was spread wide to the right wing, where Nathan Earle stepped his man, to ensure his side left with the points. 

Bath will welcome reigning champions Saracens to the Rec next Friday, as they look to bounce back from an agonising defeat. 

Full-time – Bath Rugby 29-31 Harlequins

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
2 March 2019
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 16-21

Bath:
Tries: Joseph (25), Catt (40), Batty (63)
Conversions: Priestland (64)
Penalties: Priestland (15, 30, 43, 50)
Quins:
Tries: Robshaw (7), Marchant (11, 70), Dombrandt (32), Earle (80)
Conversions: Lang (8, 11, 33)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Quins.

8'

Try for Quins! Bath 0 - 5 Quins

Chris Robshaw scores for Quins.

9'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Quins

James Lang with a conversion for Quins.

12'

Try for Quins! Bath 0 - 12 Quins

Joe Marchant scores for Quins.

12'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 14 Quins

James Lang with a conversion for Quins.

14'

Substitution

Dave Lewis replaces Charlie Mulchrone for Quins.

16'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 14 Quins

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

26'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 14 Quins

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

31'

Penalty Goal! Bath 11 - 14 Quins

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

33'

Try for Quins! Bath 11 - 19 Quins

Alex Dombrandt scores for Quins.

34'

Conversion! Bath 11 - 21 Quins

James Lang with a conversion for Quins.

41'

Try for Bath! Bath 16 - 21 Quins

Nathan Catt scores for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 16 - 21 Quins.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

44'

Penalty Goal! Bath 19 - 21 Quins

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Joe Marler replaces Lewis Boyce for Quins.

47'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

51'

Penalty Goal! Bath 22 - 21 Quins

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Jack Clifford replaces Ben Glynn for Quins.

60'

Substitution

George Merrick replaces Matt Symons for Quins.

61'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

64'

Try for Bath! Bath 27 - 21 Quins

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

65'

Conversion! Bath 29 - 21 Quins

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Marcus Smith replaces James Lang for Quins.

67'

Substitution

Francis Saili replaces Ben Tapuai for Quins.

70'

Substitution

Dave Ward replaces Elia Elia for Quins.

71'

Substitution

Kahn Fotuali'i replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

71'

Try for Quins! Bath 29 - 26 Quins

Joe Marchant scores for Quins.

72'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Paul Grant for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Josh Ibuanokpe replaces Will Collier for Quins.

81'

Try for Quins! Bath 29 - 31 Quins

Nathan Earle scores for Quins.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Quins.

Final score: Bath 29 - 31 Quins.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland014014
Nathan Catt10005
Jonathan Joseph10005
Ross Batty10005
Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Joe Marchant200010
James Lang03006
Chris Robshaw10005
Alex Dombrandt10005
Nathan Earle10005
Bath v Quins
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
   1PNathan
Catt
1Lewis
Boyce
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Elia
Elia
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Will
Collier
P    
    LDave
Attwood
4Matt
Symons
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5James
Horwill
L    
    FLPaul
Grant
6Ben
Glynn
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Chris
Robshaw
FL1   
    8Zach
Mercer
8Alex
Dombrandt
81   
    SHWill
Chudley
9Charlie
Mulchrone
SH    
4 1 FHRhys
Priestland
10James
Lang
FH 3  
    WCooper
Vuna
11Ross
Chisholm
W    
    CJamie
Roberts
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
   1CJonathan
Joseph
13Joe
Marchant
C2   
    WRuaridh
McConnochie
14Nathan
Earle
W1   
    FBFreddie
Burns
15Mike
Brown
FB    
Replacements
   1RHRoss
Batty
16Dave
Ward
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Joe
Marler
RP    
    RPAnthony
Perenise
18Josh
Ibuanokpe
RP    
    RFLLevi
Douglas
19George
Merrick
RL    
    RFLMiles
Reid
20Jack
Clifford
RFL    
    RSHKahn
Fotuali'i
21Dave
Lewis
RSH    
    RJackson
Willison
22Marcus
Smith
RFH    
    RFBTom
Homer
23Francis
Saili
RC