Quins record first win at the Stoop in 2018 against lacklustre Bath
Having succumbed to the weather on Friday night, the match was rescheduled for Sunday afternoon as Bath travelled to the Stoop to face Harlequins.
Following their last gasp win against Sale, Bath looked to build some momentum and started brightly but were unable to convert possession into points. Unfortunately that pattern continued throughout the match as Bath show glimpses of magic but when it can to the final pass to finish off the move Quins were either to good or forced a Bath error to hand back the initiative.
The only try of the match for the visitors came from a nice move down the right hand side with a nice offload from Zach Mercer to scrum half Fotuali’i who drew in the last defender and supplied an easy pass to Matt Banahan to go over in the corner with the simplest of finishes. Another highlight was watching Zach Mercer run a lung-bursting 80 yards to stop replacement fly-half Marcus Smith scoring a try in the closing moments which will be one to look back on.
Quins having not won a league game at the Stoop in 2018 played well in patches but nothing that Bath shouldn’t have been able to deal with. The review of the game won’t be pleasant viewing for the away team as they trudge back to the Rec, not ideal preparation for a semi final next Friday against another team low on confidence Northampton Saints.
It is a mountain to climb for Bath to get into the top four now and it is going to be a hard battle for them to get a Champions cup spot if they continue to display the erratic performances that they have produced so far this season. But on a positive note this time next week they could be in the Anglo-Welsh final!