Quins win at the Rec

Date published: October 31 2015

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Nick Evans scored 28 points from the tee as Harlequins overcame Bath in the Premiership, winning 38-28 at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

A brilliant Harlequins performance saw them overpower Bath. 

On a sunny day in the south west, the first half was fairly close. Four penalties from Harlequins fly-half Evans was countered by a solitary Bath try from Kyle Eastmond, with George Ford also kicking eight points. 

After the break, Harlequins scored 26 points through Evans and two tries from Danny Care and Dave Ward. In the second half, Bath added a penalty from Ford and two tries from Nick Auterac and Semesa Rokoduguni, with Eastmond spending ten minutes in the bin for foul play. 

In a cagey start to the game, Evans opened the scoring for Quins with a neat penalty after the home side were penalised for not rolling away. Ford then replied with a penalty of his own, before Evans kicked another three points following a series of failed scrums which led to the Bath pack being punished. 

Bath increased the pressure and it told when a great pass from Olly Devoto found Eastmond who went over in the corner, with Ford adding the extras from the tightest of angles.

Quins hit back after being out of the game for much of the half through two more Evans penalties. The last action of the half saw Ford reassert his sides lead with a final penalty, giving the home team a one-point lead at half time. 

It was the away side who started the second half on the frontfoot. Three penalties from the boot of Evans and their opening try from scrum-half Care saw them open up a 15 point lead over Mike Ford's men.

Quins continued their pressure, with Mike Brown denied a try by a great Rokoduguni tackle. Bath finally regained some ground with a Ford penalty, which was quickly cancelled out by Evans. 

Conor O'Shea's side could have extended their lead further, but a debut try for Tim Visser was disallowed for a forward pass. 

Bath's day got even worse when Eastmond saw yellow for a no-arms tackle. 

With the man advantage, Harlequins eventually scored their second try through Ward, compiling the misery on a very lacklustre Bath team. 

The home side managed to restore some pride in the dying minutes with tries from replacement prop Auterac and winger Rokoduguni. 

In a game of two halves, it was the away side who left with the points.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Tries: Eastmond, Auterac, Rokoduguni
Con: Ford 2
Pen: Ford 3

For Harlequins:
Tries: Care, Ward
Con: Evans 2
Pen: Evans 8

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Ollie Devoto, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Niko Matawalu, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dave Attwood (c), 4 Dominic Day, 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Max Lahiff.
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Stuart Hooper, 20 Max Northcote-Green, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Tom Homer.

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 George Lowe, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care (c), 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Jack Clifford, 5 Sam Twomey, 4 James Horwill, 4 James Horwill, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Dave Ward, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Charlie Matthews, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Ben Botica 23, Ollie Lindsay-Hague.

Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant referees: Andrew Pearce, Roy Maybank
Television match official: David Sainsbury
Timekeeper: Matthew Peters
Assessor: Martin Fox

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