Bath proved they will still be a force in the Premiership after they ran riot against arch rivals NEC Harlequins with a 30-10 victory. Both sides looked poor, especially in the first half, and will have to raise their game but Bath remain safe in the knowledge that six of their first team were missing because of World Cup duty.
Bath took the lead as early as the sixth minute when former England winger Adedayo Adebayo went in at the corner for the opening try. Bath continued to dominate for the rest of the half, although there was little quality shown on either side, with only an exchange of penalties from John Callard and Pears troubling the scorers.
However, after the re-start Bath blew away their opponents as they stepped up the pace significantly. Callard added a second penalty within a minute of the resumption and 14 minutes later the huge pressure on the NEC Harlequins defence burst through the resistance as Dan Lyle finished off a forward move to crash over under the posts.
Callard converted and then it was Adebayo's turn to rush in for a second with a wonderful move, with the ball going through seven pairs of hands before the winger cut through to touch down under the posts.
With ten minutes to go, and the game already in the bag, Bath opened up even more and replacement hooker Andy Long found himself in the right place at the right time to finish off another flowing move when he touched down in the corner.
With five minutes to go, Quins collected a consolation try when they created their only decent chance of the game and Jason Keyter dived over the line.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.