‘We kept a gifted Bath side out’ – Easter

Date published: March 12 2016

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Harlequins number eight Nick Easter hailed his side's performance after they claimed a 35-28 victory over Bath at the Stoop on Friday.

At one stage Harlequins led 35-6 but three late scores from Bath through Semesa Rokoduguni, Amanaki Mafi and Jeff Williams, plus a late penalty from full back Tom Homer delivered the unlikeliest of losing bonus points for the visitors. 

Despite the late set-back, Easter refused to be downcast by Harlequins performance as they returned to winning ways at the Stoop.

"For 50 minutes it was exceptional, we held on to the ball and looked very, very dangerous. We also kept a very gifted Bath attack out that we knew were very dangerous," said Easter.

"We seemed to be on the wrong end of the referee at the end and we need to look at that and try and improve. Some of the decisions left us scratching our heads but that's no good, we need to deal with it and improve.

"We dug in and what you saw was a side that hasn't won many in the last five or six games and we got over the line and hopefully it will really kick-start something now.

"Some of our play was exceptional, we know what makes us tick with the ball in our hands, getting tempo in the game, and we were also helped by getting some players back tonight."

Bath boss Mike Ford was upbeat at the final whistle, highlighting some improvements in his struggling side's showing despite their lacklustre opening 50 minutes.

"I'm very proud of the lads how they came back into it and got the losing bonus point. We shot ourselves in the foot though and the sin-binning just before the break cost us 24 points," said Ford.

"We also gave away a couple of loose passes which led to tries and that's also very disappointing. We were always on the back foot, we were always behind on the scoreboard and it was difficult for us.

"The positive for us though is at 35-6 down they didn't give up, we had some shape in the first half and we have regrets about the referee not using the TMO for a possible score in the first half.

"That's not the reason we lost though, it was because of some sloppy passes and a needless sin-binning unfortunately.

"Our aim is to win our next game, nothing has changed – hopefully we will get some bodies back in the next couple of weeks and we will remain positive. Our aim is to win our last seven games.

"Let's hang onto the last 30 minutes of this game, let's build on the character we showed and let's use that to keep improving."

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