Last weekend’s draw to spur Bath on against Quins

Although Bath Rugby are still top of the Guinness Premiership table, the team will be looking to use the disappointment of the 28-28 draw against Northampton Saints last weekend to spur them on for a win against Harlequins this Sunday (Kick off, 3pm).

Having made the most of an eight-day turnaround between matches, the team will be feeling fresher and with renewed ambition for facing the Twickenham side.

Speaking yesterday, Forwards Coach Mark Bakewell explained the challenges Bath will be facing this weekend: “Harlequins always put a lot of pressure on our game,” admitted Bakewell. “They are probably a bigger collective threat than Northampton and they get a lot of quick ball and are solid in defence.

“Harlequins are one of the better attacking teams for sure.”

Whilst talking about attacking play, Bakewell referred to two of his own players Jonny Faamatuainu and Daniel Browne, who have both crossed the line twice this season: “I think Jonny and Daniel read the game well and tend to be in the right position at the right time.

Daniel’s try last weekend was off the back of a very good scrum and he read the defence perfectly and found the space very quickly. These guys take their opportunities when they can.”

Nick Abendanon returns to the Bath side after enduring an injury that kept him out of the fray since Newport Gwent Dragons.


Tom Cheeseman pulls on the outside centre shirt in place of injured Alex Crockett and Michael Claassens takes on the captaincy.

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins:

15. Nick Abendanon, 14. Jack Cuthbert, 13. Tom Cheeseman, 12. Shontayne Hape,11. Matt Banahan, 10. Butch James, 9. Michael Claassens (c), 1. David Flatman, 2. Pieter Dixon, 3. Duncan Bell, 4. Justin Harrison, 5. Peter Short, 6. Stuart Hooper, 7. Jonny Faamatuainu, 8. Daniel Browne

Reps : 16. Rob Hawkins,17. Paulica Ion, 18. Andy Beattie, 19. James Scaysbrook, 20. Scott Bemand, 21. Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 22. Michael Stephenson.

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