At a sun soaked Rec on Saturday, Bath simply turned on the style. The scoreboard optimistically awarded Quins 79 points at the 15 minute mark (due to faulty electrics!) and it was this total that girded the Bath team and the tally they chased for the afternoon.
In a first half high on entertainment, Bath opened their account within the first minute with a penalty kick in front of the posts. Having established an early lead Bath began to play some enterprising rugby keeping the ball in hand at every opportunity which resulted in a try.
Quins though fought back and almost immediately narrowed the gap with a fine try of our own. Scrum half Peter Richards' run was halted just short of the line, before winger Brendon Daniel picked up and dived over for the try with Gareth Rees converting from near the touchline. Bath responded swiftly with a Mike Catt try, but Quins were not going to lie down, and in what was starting to become a 'tit for tat' affair we struck again.
Daniel's running cut through Bath's backline before off loading to the oncoming Ben Gollings whose pace took him clear of the defence for the try. Rees once again had a simple conversion. At this stage Bath were struggling to shake off a tenacious challenge and when they were awarded a penalty for a dubious referring decision - they took the three points on offer. A brace of tries (forward passes and knock-ons) just before the interval for the home team set them on their way. The half time score read: Bath 34 NEC Harlequins 14.
Soon after the restart Harlequins struck for the third time with excellent forward play being rewarded when Daren O'Leary was left in time and space to stroll over for the try. The game then stepped up a gear, and Bath simply didn't look back.
The Bath backs then ran everything at the Quins defence crossing our line with painful frequency. When the final whistle went the score read 77-19 at one end of the Rec and 77-79 at the other. Unfortunately it was just the faulty electric!
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