NEC Harlequins crashed out of the Powergen Cup following a 33-7 defeat against Bath at the Recreation Ground. England international Olly Barkley kicked 18 points for the home side, who scored 33 unanswered points after Jeremy Staunton collected Quins only try of the match at the end of the first quarter.
After the Quins fly half missed a penalty on nine minutes, Staunton then intercepted a pass from his opposite number Chris Malone to race home and touchdown under the posts unopposed with 18 minutes on the clock. Staunton converted to put Quins seven points ahead, but from then on it was the home side who dominated the scoring.
Barkley put Bath's first points on the board seven minutes before the interval with his opening penalty of the match and straight from the restart the home side took the lead that they would never relinquish. Barkley's kick ahead was not dealt with by Tom Williams, which allowed winger Andrew Higgins to sneak in for the try. Barkley added the conversion to give Bath a three-point advantage at the halfway stage (10-7).
13 minutes after the restart and Barkley extended Bath's lead by kicking his second penalty of the match, with Quins penalised for being offside. Steve So'oialo was then sent to the sin-bin for dangerous play and with Barkley converting the resulting penalty, Bath had a two score lead (16-7) going into the final quarter.
10 minutes before the end and with Quins penalised for hands in the ruck, Barkley landed his fourth penalty of the contest to put Bath 12 points ahead. Any faint hopes Quins had of getting back into the match ended six minutes later when replacement hooker Lee Mears powered his way over for Bath's second try, which Barkley converted.
With the game deep in injury time, ex-Quin Brendon Daniel made a fine break to set-up a third try for Bath from replacement Tom Cheeseman. Barkley's successful conversion was the last kick of the match, which ended a thoroughly miserable afternoon for Quins and gave Bath their place in the quarterfinals.
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