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Preview: Bath v Harlequins

Preview: Bath v Harlequins

Bath Rugby have a fearsome recent record at the Rec while Harlequins have struggled on the road of late but George Lowe is not overly concerned by the formbook.

Mike Ford’s Bath have lost just one of their last 15 Aviva Premiership Rugby games on home soil, though they were beaten last time out – 16-9 away to Wasps.

Harlequins, meanwhile, travel to the West Country having won just one of their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and just one away clash in the competition since January.

The last time these two sides met, however, it was a thriller as Bath overcame the setback of an Ugo Monye try double to clinch a 27-26 triumph.

Quins centre Lowe expects a similarly close contest this time around and one in which his side can come out on top.

“Last season we had a great match with Bath at the end and this week we’re just hoping to go out there and take it to them while getting the right result,” he said.

“They’ve got a lot of players returning from the World Cup and that’s the same with us so I’m sure it’ll be a high-quality game.

“They made the final last year but in my experience they’ve always been incredibly competitive against us. But we’re confident that we can go in there and play well at the Rec, because with the squad we have we know we can beat anyone on our day.”

Bath have a favourable recent record against Harlequins in all competitions, beaten just once since April 2013 and never at home since November 2011.

However, Ollie Devoto knows how dangerous Conor O’Shea’s side can be and the 22-year-old is taking nothing for granted ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“Harlequins is going to be a massive challenge,” said Devoto. “It’s one that we all look forward to.

“We are taking the disappointment from last week into this weekend and it’s another game at the Rec that’s always an advantage.

“It’s a week-by-week case for us, the gap between teams is getting smaller all the time. Wasps played extremely well last weekend and if you’re not at the top of your game you are not going to be winning many.

“I can remember looking at the weather before the game and we knew it was not going to be the easiest on the eye for the neutral.

“We’re disappointed by the result but Wasps are always tough competition and it wasn’t hard to put it behind us this week.”

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Bath Rugby v Harlequins (Recreation Ground, 1.30pm)
Referee: Matthew Carly (34th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce & Roy Maybank. TMO: David Sainsbury.

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