Bath extend winning run with Harlequins victory

Bath extended their run of successive victories to 11 with a 14-3 Aviva Premiership win over former champions Harlequins.

A solo try from Jonathan Joseph and nine points from the boot of George Ford
gave Bath the victory.

Bath signalled their Premiership intentions with a gutsy display, maintaining
their discipline better than Harlequins, who saw Charlie Walker sent to the
sin-bin for a tip tackle at the end of the first half.

George Ford’s boot helped them to a half time lead, followed by a Jonathan
Joseph try lighting up a game which failed to live up to expectations.

The win lifts Mike Ford’s men six points clear of Quins, who ended a run of
four wins in a row at the Rec.

Bath made their intentions clear from the off, going through the phases to
force a penalty in under a minute. Ford nailed the early chance, and then increased
his side’s lead a few minutes later as Quins struggled to break out of their
own half in the opening exchanges.

In a fierce, aggressive game Ford kept his composure when given the early chances.
Bath found themselves with a nine point lead midway through the first half,
their Premiership credentials starting to look more convincing as they continued
to match up to the visitors.

The home crowd were incensed with referee Martin Fox, who awarded Harlequins
their first chance to get on the board just before the half hour mark. Nick
Evans was on hand to knock over a simple penalty, with clear cut chances still
few and far between.

A frustrating half for both sides then boiled over when Walker was sent to
the bin for a dangerous tackle. Walker’s actions summed up a half which failed
to live up to its billing.

Joseph then had the Rec bouncing with flash of quality which finally gave the
supporters something to cheer, charging through the Quins line to finally deliver
a try which a baying crowd had been waiting for.

Bath’s lead could have been greater had it not been for Ford’s inaccuracy.
Despite managing the game with the ball in hand well, the England hopeful missed
four kicks in a row to keep the opposition in the game.

Quins’ held up charge over the line was as close as they came, as they were
unable to muster up enough attacking phases to put pressure on Bath, whose superb
home form continues.

Final Score Bath (9) 14 Harlequins (3) 3

Scorers

Bath
Tries: Joseph
Pens: Ford 3

Harlequins
Pens: Evans

Match Officials
Referee
: Martin Fox (97th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey and Paul Dix
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Teams

Bath

15. Anthony Watson , 14. Horacio Agulla , 13. Jonathan Joseph , 12. Kyle Eastmond , 11. Matt Banahan , 10. George Ford , 9. Peter Stringer , 1. Paul James , 2. Rob Webber , 3. Anthony Perenise , 4. Stuart Hooper ( c ) , 5. Dave Attwood , 6. Matt Garvey , 7. Francois Louw , 8. Carl Fearns

Replacements : 16. Eusebio Guinazu , 17. Nathan Catt , 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi , 19. Dominic Day , 20. Leroy Houston , 21. Martin Roberts , 22. Tom Heathcote , 23. Ollie Devoto

Harlequins

15. Mike Brown , 14. Charlie Walker , 13. Matt Hopper , 12. Tim Molenaar , 11. Sam Smith , 10. Nick Evans , 9. Karl Dickson , 8. Nick Easter , 7. Chris Robshaw (C) , 6. Luke Wallace , 5. George Robson, 4. Charlie Matthews , 3. Paul Doran Jones , 2. Dave Ward, 1. Joe Marler

Replacements : 16. Max Crumpton , 17. Mark Lambert , 18. Kyle Sinckler ,

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