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Quins quelled 25-6 by Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 25 v Harlequins 6

Bath Rugby never looked like losing tonight at the Rec, winning 25-6 against Harlequins in an Aviva Premiership match that also saw the long-awaited introduction to rugby union of Sam Burgess.

Bath applied constant pressure on Quins from the first whistle, winning all the territory and some fierce collisions. From a lineout in the visitors’ 22, the ball went wide and fullback Horacio Agulla stepped inside his man, delayed the offload to perfection, and allowed Matt Banahan to dive over for the first try of the match. Fly-half Ollie Devoto missed with the conversion, meaning Bath led 5-0 inside 10 minutes.

Agulla and Banahan were in bullying form in the first half, providing Bath with the impetus needed to make good go-forward. As the first quarter drew to a close, the hosts put together numerous clever phases, which culminated in Devoto unleashing Kyle Eastmond a metre from the line to score Bath’s second try. It was unfortunate that Devoto’s conversion hit the upright, but it was now 10-0 to Bath.

Quins fly-half Nick Evans got his team on the scoreboard three minutes later with a penalty kick, which Devoto cancelled out soon after when the visitors were penalised for the third successive time at the scrum. 13-3.

Half time: Bath Rugby 13 – 3 Harlequins

The whistle for the restart had not long been blown by Wayne Barnes before Evans struck his second penalty kick of the night to make it 13-6.

It was to be more than 20 minutes before further points were scored, but in that time Bath’s pack had made a magnificent statement in destroying Quins’ scrum time and again. At one point, the visitors were down to 12 men due to yellow cards but, despite frequent howls and protests from the crowd, Bath didn’t get the penalty try they were looking for. Fifteen minutes from time, Man of the Match Ross Batty piled over for Bath’s third try of the night. Then, with seven minutes left on the clock, number eight Leroy Houston barged his way to the tryline, making it a night to remember for the forwards. Devoto converted Houston’s bonus point try. 25-6.

Burgess, who took to the field in the final 20 minutes in place of Agulla and played at inside centre, showed just how hard a man he is to take down with his first touch of the ball – Quins needing four men to bring down the Yorkshireman.

The result bodes well for Bath as they prepare for their third match of European rugby next week against Montpellier.

Full time: Bath Rugby 25 – 6 Harlequins

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
28 November 2014
KO 19:45

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 13-3

Bath:
Tries: Banahan (7), Eastmond (18), Batty (64), Houston (72)
Conversions: Devoto (73)
Penalties: Devoto (24)
Quins:
Penalties: Evans (22, 41)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Quins.

8'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Quins

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

19'

Try for Bath! Bath 10 - 0 Quins

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

23'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 3 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

25'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 3 Quins

Ollie Devoto kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

32'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

35'

Substitution

Darryl Marfo replaces Mark Lambert for Quins.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 13 - 3 Quins.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

42'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 6 Quins

Nick Evans kicks a penalty goal for Quins.

50'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces David Sisi for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

54'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose Kyle Sinckler for ten minutes.

58'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose George Robson for ten minutes.

58'

Substitution

Will Collier replaces Jack Clifford for Quins.

61'

Yellow Card!

Quins lose Will Collier for ten minutes.

61'

Substitution

Jordan Turner-Hall replaces Tom Casson for Quins.

63'

Substitution

Sam Burgess replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Paul James replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

65'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 6 Quins

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Rob Buchanan replaces Dave Ward for Quins.

72'

Substitution

Jack Clifford replaces Kyle Sinckler for Quins.

72'

Substitution

Tim Swiel replaces Asaeli Tikoirotuma for Quins.

72'

Substitution

Olly Woodburn replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

73'

Try for Bath! Bath 23 - 6 Quins

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Karl Dickson replaces Danny Care for Quins.

74'

Substitution

Joe Trayfoot replaces Nick Easter for Quins.

74'

Conversion! Bath 25 - 6 Quins

Ollie Devoto with a conversion for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 25 - 6 Quins.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ross Batty10005
Leroy Houston10005
Ollie Devoto01105
Matt Banahan10005
Kyle Eastmond10005
Quins Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Nick Evans00206
Bath v Quins
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Mark
Lambert
P    
   1HRoss
Batty
2Dave
Ward
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Kyle
Sinckler
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Charlie
Matthews
L    
    LDominic
Day
5George
Robson
L    
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Jack
Clifford
FL    
    FLDavid
Sisi
7Luke
Wallace
FL    
   18Leroy
Houston
8Nick
Easter
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Danny
Care
SH    
1 1 FHOllie
Devoto
10Nick
Evans
FH   2
   1WMatt
Banahan
11Asaeli
Tikoirotuma
W    
   1CKyle
Eastmond
12Tom
Casson
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Matt
Hopper
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Charlie
Walker
W    
    FBHoracio
Agulla
15Ross
Chisholm
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Rob
Buchanan
RH    
    RPPaul
James
17Darryl
Marfo
RP    
    RPKane
Palma-Newport
18Will
Collier
RFL    
    RFLCharlie
Ewels
19Sam
Twomey
R    
    RFLCarl
Fearns
20Joe
Trayfoot
R8    
    RSHPeter
Stringer
21Karl
Dickson
RSH    
    RFBSam
Burgess
22Tim
Swiel
RW    
    RWOlly
Woodburn
23Jordan
Turner-Hall
RC