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Match Report: Harlequins 32-37 Bath Rugby

15 Sep 2018
Match Report: Harlequins 32-37 Bath Rugby

Joe Cokanasiga produced a monstrous display as Bath Rugby secured their first win of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season with a fine win at Harlequins.

The winger, who joined from London Irish in the summer, scored a try in each half with the first a jaw-dropping finish tight in the corner.

Zach Mercer also got a brace, Jamie Roberts scored against his former club, while Danny Care, Joe Marchant, Joe Marler and Charlie Mulchrone scored tries for Harlequins.

Bath took the lead early in the first half when Cokanasiga escaped down the lefty after a fortuitous bounce came his way and he handed off for Roberts to dot down against his former club.

The response from Harlequins was swift. Marcus Smith nailed a penalty before Marchant’s pass was juggled by Care near the try-line and he produced a full-body dive to get the ball down.

When Marchant put Quins further ahead it looked like being another frustrating day for Bath but that soon changed when Zach Mercer bulldozed his way over the line.

Burns converted a penalty and slipped over the first drop goal of the season to put the visitors ahead before Cokanasiga came to the party.

Bath moved the ball out left but Harlequins looked to have the ball covered when it landed at Cokanasiga hugging the left touchline.

However, he threw the ball up to avoid the full tackle of Luke Wallace, catching it spectacularly with one hand to get it down in the nick of time.

The big winger almost repeated the fete seconds later but his foot was deemed in touch. However, Harlequins’ reprieve did not last long as Burns supplied the winger with the perfect pass after the break and he strolled in with ease.

Chris Cook thought he added another for Bath deep inside the second half when he scampered clear to touch down but the referee spotted an infringement earlier in the move and promptly ruled it out.

Harlequins hit back late on through Marler and Mulchrone to set up a tantalising final few seconds but bath held on to win.

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