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Match Report: Bath Rugby 38 Harlequins 14

25 Nov 2017
Match Report: Bath Rugby 38 Harlequins 14

Bath Rugby produced a blistering first 20 minutes to wrap up a bonus point on their way to a convincing 38-14 win over Harlequins at the Rec.

Paul Grant, Freddie Burns, Elliott Stooke and Matt Banahan all crossed in the opening quarter as Bath moved back into the top four with a five-point victory.

They made the perfect start with a try after just two minutes from back-rower Grant. It was made by teammate Zach Mercer, who beat a string of defenders before offloading for Grant to run it in, with Burns converting.

Things got worse for Harlequins when they lost James Chisholm to a yellow card for a dangerous clearout on Kahn Fotuali’i.

Bath took full advantage of his absence to run in three further tries and wrap up the bonus point in just 18 minutes.

First Burns went over after Banahan had been stopped just short. He was quickly followed by Stooke with Banahan again at the heart of it.

And the centre finally got over himself after brilliant work from Fotuali’i to stretch the lead out to 26-0.

Harlequins responded just after the half-hour with a try from Henry Cheeseman, taking the ball from Jono Kitto, with James Lang converting.

But it was Bath who had the final say in the half with a Burns penalty to make it 29-7 at the break.

The first 20 minutes of the second quarter were much quieter than the equivalent in the first but on 61 minutes Burns added three more points for the home side.

Harlequins had grown into the game though, and got their second try with some magic from winger Gabriel Ibitoye. The England Under-20s flyer showed his pace to race over from inside his own half and notch a first Harlequins try.

Still Bath had the game in hand, with Josh Lewis adding two further penalties to wrap it up.