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McConnochie brace seals Bath Rugby win over Harlequins

Bath Rugby 19 v Harlequins 12

Bath Rugby climbed back into the top four of the Gallagher Premiership with a 19-12 win over Harlequins at the Rec on Saturday. 

A brace of scores from winger Ruaridh McConnochie set the Blue, Black and White’s up for a third straight league win, which hasn’t been achieved since 2016.

The hosts began the game with a flourish as Hooper’s men applied flurries of pressure on the Harlequins defensive line. 

Bath broke the deadlock after 11 minutes as McConnochie broke free and found the gap to score his first try of the season. Priestland’s effort at goal was narrowly wide. [5-0]

After a dominant opening quarter, the hosts were back on the scoreboard. This time the Welsh fly-half made no mistake from the tee as he added a simple three points from a wide position. [8-0]

Harlequins got themselves on the scoreboard after 27 minutes with a Dombrandt score against the run of play. The powerful No. 8 charged down Priestland's clearance kick in the 22 and in-form scooped up the loose ball and crashed over untouched [8-5]

As the half came to a close, the Blue, Black and White maintained the pressure on Harlequins as Josh Matavesi crossed the whitewash after running a crushing line. The centre’s effort was chalked off as referee Tom Foley saw a forward pass before the run from Chris Cook. 

Half-time – Bath Rugby 8-5 Harlequins 

Shortly after the break the visitors compiled the pressure on the hosts as Marcus Smith turned the tide with a breakaway try. The fly-half found the gap and kicked the ball through before claiming the ball and going in under the sticks under pressure. Smith converted his own score to edge Harlequins ahead. [8-12]

Bath continued their resilient attitude and won themselves a crucial penalty after 57 minutes. Francois Louw won the penalty after getting himself over the ball and Freddie Burns was able to bring the hosts back to within a point. [11-12]

As the pendulum swung in an evenly balanced second-half, it was Bath who go a crucial try through McConnochie who added his brace. The winger was beneficiary of an excellent break from Priestland who opened up the space and offloaded to the 28-year-old. [16-12]

With the game reaching its final edge, Bath added the crucial score to seal the points as Burns added his second penalty of the afternoon. Bath won several penalties in quick succession from Foley as they amounted the pressure before a penalty at the ruck allowed the fly-half to convert.

Full-time – Bath Rugby 19-12 Harlequins 

Bath Rugby host the West Country derby against Bristol Bears on Sunday 1st March as the Blue, Black and White’s search for a fourth win in the row.

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Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
22 February 2020
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14365
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 8-5

Bath:
Tries: McConnochie (11, 65)
Penalties: Priestland (19), Burns (57, 75)
Quins:
Tries: Dombrandt (27), Smith (53)
Conversions: Smith (54)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Quins.

11'

Substitution

Brett Herron replaces Cadan Murley for Quins.

12'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Quins

Ruaridh McConnochie scores for Bath.

20'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 0 Quins

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

28'

Try for Quins! Bath 8 - 5 Quins

Alex Dombrandt scores for Quins.

32'

Substitution

Mark Lambert replaces Santiago Garcia Botta for Quins.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 8 - 5 Quins.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose Brett Herron for ten minutes.

54'

Try for Quins! Bath 8 - 10 Quins

Marcus Smith scores for Quins.

55'

Conversion! Bath 8 - 12 Quins

Marcus Smith with a conversion for Quins.

56'

Substitution

Will Evans replaces Chris Robshaw for Quins.

56'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Tom Homer for Bath.

58'

Penalty Goal! Bath 11 - 12 Quins

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Mike Williams replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

66'

Try for Bath! Bath 16 - 12 Quins

Ruaridh McConnochie scores for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Dino Lamb replaces Tevita Cavubati for Quins.

71'

Substitution

Semi Kunatani replaces Tevita Cavubati for Quins.

74'

Substitution

Max Wright replaces Josh Matavesi for Bath.

76'

Penalty Goal! Bath 19 - 12 Quins

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 19 - 12 Quins.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ruaridh McConnochie200010
Freddie Burns00206
Rhys Priestland00103
Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Marcus Smith11007
Alex Dombrandt10005
Bath v Quins
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PLewis
Boyce
1Santiago
Garcia Botta
P    
    HJack
Walker
2Scott
Baldwin
H    
    PChristian
Judge
3Simon
Kerrod
P    
    LJosh
McNally
4Glen
Young
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5Tevita
Cavubati
L    
    FLTom
Ellis
6James
Chisholm
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Chris
Robshaw
FL    
    8Zach
Mercer
8Alex
Dombrandt
81   
    SHChris
Cook
9Danny
Care
SH    
1   FHRhys
Priestland
10Marcus
Smith
FH11  
   2WRuaridh
McConnochie
11Gabriel
Ibitoye
W    
    CJosh
Matavesi
12Paul
Lasike
C    
    CJackson
Willison
13Tom
Penny
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Cadan
Murley
W    
    FBTom
Homer
15Aaron
Morris
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Jack
Musk
R    
Replacements
    RTom
Doughty
16Jack
Musk
R    
    RLucas
Noguera Paz
17Mark
Lambert
RP    
    RSam
Nixon
18Phil
Swainston
R    
    RLMike
Williams
19Dino
Lamb
RL    
    RFLJosh
Bayliss
20Will
Evans
RFL    
    RSHWill
Chudley
21Semi
Kunatani
RL    
2   RFBFreddie
Burns
22Niall
Saunders
R    
    RCMax
Wright
23Brett
Herron
RW