Harlequins secure away win at The Rec in Round 3

Saturday, 31st October 2015 @ 16:00

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In a game which saw Chris Robshaw return to the starting line-up and Tim Visser make his senior debut, Quins fell one point behind going into half-time with a try from Kyle Eastmond and two penalties and a conversion from George Ford putting Bath ahead with four penalties from Evans keeping Quins in contention at 13-12.

The second half saw Quins come out with a different verve with Evans pushing Quins into the lead with an early penalty on 43 minutes. It was only to get better for Quins as Care broke from inside his 22, chipped ahead and with a lucky bounce the scrum-half collected the ball to score. With Evans on form the conversion was added and with a blink of an eye Harlequins were 13-22 ahead.

On 49 minutes after an infringement from Dave Attwood, Evans slotted another penalty putting Quins 13-25 ahead within the first ten minutes of the second half.

It was not just the attacking side of Quins game which shone through at the Rec. Their defence was a solid wall as Bath tried to get back into the game.

On 50 minutes, centres Harry Sloan and George Lowe continued to tackle aggressively and with the scrum also standing firm and earning penalties, Evans was able to relieve any pressure with his boot and continue to add to the score line.

On 54 minutes after the ball was worked into Bath’s half, Evans kicked his seventh penalty of the afternoon, converting 100% of his chances at goal as Quins surged 13-28 ahead.

Two minutes later, Bath got their first points of the second half on the score board with a penalty. Quins continued to pile on the pressure, with Mike Brown, Tim Visser and Marland Yarde linking up and looking dangerous whenever they had ball in hand.

With three quarters of the game down, working the ball into Bath’s territory and going through the phases, Quins were awarded another penalty and Evans stepped up to increase the lead to 16-31.

On 67 minutes, the score line was about to range even more in favour of the away team when Visser thought he had scored on his debut. However, the TMO deemed the previous pass on the left wing from Brown to have been forward.

The situation got worse for Bath when Eastmond was yellow carded for an illegal tackle on Yarde. At this stage of the game Quins looked to be in control and the team made it count. Despite Visser not being granted his own attempt at the try line, the winger assisted Ward in his score as the hooker barrelled over. With ten minutes to go the score was 16-38.

However, Bath were not give up without a fight in front of their home support and Quins spent the last ten minutes defending their lines which was breached twice by Nick Auterac through a driving maul and despite a disallowed try from Leroy Houston, the number eight deemed to be in touch, in the final play of the game Semesa Rokoduguni touched down in the right hand corner. Ford kicked the conversion to make the final score 28-38.

The result leaves Quins with an encouraging well fought away win as they look to continue their winning ways against Sale Sharks this Friday night at The Stoop. 

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