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Narrow loss for Bath Rugby at the Stoop

Harlequins 21 v Bath Rugby 20

A closely fought game ended with Bath Rugby taking a losing bonus point home with them after suffering a narrow 21-20 loss to Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership this afternoon.

The home side started sharply – a strong maul from the lineout leading to the deployment of quick hands through the backs. The ball found Tim Visser out wide and the Scotland winger strolled over from short range to give Quins the lead after three minutes. 5-0.

Harlequins enjoyed the majority of possession in the first quarter, but a long kick well-fielded by Semesa Rokoduguni set Bath up for their first points of the game. The winger set off from deep in his own half on a mazy, pacy run, shrugging off defenders left and right to take play right into the Quins 22. Whilst the attacking move broke down, the Bath pack stepped-up and turned the Quins scrum against the head, winning the penalty. Tom Homer stepped up and sent the ball sailing through the uprights. 5-3.

Quins maintained control though. Tim Swiel, on for Nick Evans at fly-half, added two penalties to the earlier try to extend the lead to 11-3, before Bath fought back through a break from Tom Dunn.

The hooker found himself charging up the wing on a barnstorming run before offloading to keep the ball alive. Matt Garvey, Dave Attwood, Ben Tapuai and Dan Bowden were all involved in driving the ball closer and closer to the try line, and Darren Allinson managed to take it to just inches from the line. Kane Palma-Newport picked the ball up from the breakdown and burrowed over the line under a pile of bodies to get the all-important score. Homer added the conversion to make it a one-point game as the two sides went in at the break.

Half-time: Harlequins 11 – Bath Rugby 10.

Homer’s good day with the boot continued not long after half-time as he added another three points to take Bath in front for the first time in the game.

Swiel missed a long-range attempt on 56 minutes, before Quins broke through the defence to score the try that had been coming since the start of the second-half. Karl Dickson combined with Marland Yarde and James Chisholm neatly down the right touchline before crossing the whitewash. Swiel added the extras to give the home side a five point lead. 18-13.

This was not a game for the faint-hearted however, and as the final ten minutes approached, Bath regained the lead. Two penalties in a row led to a well-placed kick to touch from replacement Matt Banahan giving Bath a lineout five metres out. The pack drove hard, then carried out a series of pick and goes within touching distance of the line. Eventually the pressure told on the Quins defence, and Nathan Catt scrambled his way over from short range. Homer, with a little help from the inside of the left post, added the conversion. 18-20.

As was the nature of the game however, it wasn’t long before the lead changed hands once again – Swiel kicking what turned out to be the decisive penalty of the game, and securing the win for the Londoners.

Final score: Harlequins 21 – Bath Rugby 20.

Match details

The Stoop
Aviva Premiership
27 November 2016
KO 15:15

Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 11-10

Quins:
Tries: Visser (2), Dickson (59)
Conversions: Swiel (60)
Penalties: Swiel (27, 33, 74)
Bath:
Tries: Palma-Newport (35), Catt (66)
Conversions: Homer (36, 66)
Penalties: Homer (19, 44)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Quins and Bath.

3'

Try for Quins! Quins 5 - 0 Bath

Tim Visser scores for Quins.

14'

Substitution

Tim Swiel replaces Nick Evans for Quins.

20'

Penalty Goal! Quins 5 - 3 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

28'

Penalty Goal! Quins 8 - 3 Bath

Tim Swiel kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

34'

Penalty Goal! Quins 11 - 3 Bath

Tim Swiel kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

36'

Try for Bath! Quins 11 - 8 Bath

Kane Palma-Newport scores for Bath.

37'

Conversion! Quins 11 - 10 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Quins 11 - 10 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Penalty Goal! Quins 11 - 13 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Matt Banahan replaces Max Clark for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

60'

Try for Quins! Quins 16 - 13 Bath

Karl Dickson scores for Quins.

61'

Conversion! Quins 18 - 13 Bath

Tim Swiel with a conversion for Quins.

67'

Try for Bath! Quins 18 - 18 Bath

Nathan Catt scores for Bath.

67'

Conversion! Quins 18 - 20 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Adam Jones replaces Will Collier for Quins.

72'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Darren Allinson for Bath.

75'

Penalty Goal! Quins 21 - 20 Bath

Tim Swiel kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

75'

Substitution

Charlie Mulchrone replaces Karl Dickson for Quins.

75'

Substitution

Dave Ward replaces Rob Buchanan for Quins.

79'

Substitution

George Naoupu replaces Jack Clifford for Quins.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Quins.

Final score: Quins 21 - 20 Bath.

Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tim Swiel013011
Karl Dickson10005
Tim Visser10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Homer022010
Nathan Catt10005
Kane Palma-Newport10005
Quins v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMark
Lambert
1Nathan
Catt
P1   
    HRob
Buchanan
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PWill
Collier
3Kane
Palma-Newport
P1   
    LGeorge
Merrick
4Matt
Garvey
L    
    LCharlie
Matthews
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLJames
Chisholm
6Tom
Ellis
FL    
    FLLuke
Wallace
7Guy
Mercer
FL    
    8Jack
Clifford
8Zach
Mercer
8    
   1SHKarl
Dickson
9Darren
Allinson
SH    
    FHNick
Evans
10Dan
Bowden
FH    
   1WTim
Visser
11Aled
Brew
W    
    CJoe
Marchant
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
    CAlofa
Alofa
13Max
Clark
C    
    WMarland
Yarde
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBAaron
Morris
15Tom
Homer
FB 2 2
Replacements
    RHDave
Ward
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RDan
Murphy
17Beno
Obano
RP    
    ROwen
Evans
17Beno
Obano
RP    
    RPAdam
Jones
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RStan
South
19Paul
Grant
RFL    
    R8George
Naoupu
20Levi
Douglas
R    
    RSHCharlie
Mulchrone
21Will
Homer
RSH    
3 1 RFHTim
Swiel
22Adam
Hastings
R    
    RCharlie
Walker
23Matt
Banahan
RC