Match Reports

Quins return to winning ways with tense win over Bath in the Champions Cup

Saturday, 23rd November 2019 @ 17:30



A Bath fumble from the kick-off gave Quins the early ball, with the wet weather having an affect on the play from the start. Quins won the penalty after the scrum and Marcus Smith gave the home side a three-point lead after only two minutes of play.

Another penalty six minutes later, again slotted through the posts by Marcus Smith gave Harlequins a 6-0 lead, which was extended through the fly half’s boot on the 13 minute mark after another penalty.

The first quarter was all Harlequins, and a beautiful run from Smith to find the gap in the Bath defence was followed by successive offloads to both Symons and Elia before Quins knocked the ball on short of the line.

Quins closed out the first half, heading in to warm up and dry off with a 9-0 lead at the break.

The home side started the second half strongly, putting Bath under pressure in attack and defence and forcing error after error from the visitors. On the 45th minute, Marcus Smith broke through the Bath defence again, causing the crowd at The Stoop to erupt with excitement. Danny Care picked and ran but was stopped yards short before the referee pulled play back for offside, penalising Bath and giving Quins a scrum only five from the line.

A few phases later, Quins were awarded another penalty under the posts and Marcus Smith sealed his fourth three-pointer of the game after 49 minutes to give Quins a 12-0 lead.

Two minutes later, however, Bath responded with a penalty of their own to narrow the gap to 12-3 through the boot of Freddie Burns. Bath continued to build momentum in the early stages of the second half, forcing errors from Quins in the breakdown. Burns added another three points on 57 minutes to bring the score to 12-6.

As the game entered the five minutes, with both sides aware of the six point difference, the intensity of the game increased. Fresh legs were introduced from both sides, including a first appearance of the season for Paul Lasike and Semi Kunatani.

On the 74th minute, The Stoop held its breath as James Lang went for the posts from the tee just inside the Bath half, but breathed a sigh of relief as the ball slotted through to give Quins a 15-6 lead.

On the 78th minute, Burns narrowed the gap again, adding three from the penalty to bring the scoreline to within seven points, 15-9 and an exciting final two minutes ahead. Quins closed the game out and moved into third place in Pool 3, ahead of back to back pivotal matches against Ulster next.

Tickets are available for Quins return to Gallagher Premiership rugby next Sunday and for Ulster on Friday 13th December at tickets.quins.co.uk.