Match Centre: Bath Rugby 21-17 Harlequins

Jonathan Joseph led Bath to win on his 150th appearance
Jonathan Joseph led Bath to win on his 150th appearance

Bath Rugby 21-17 Harlequins, Recreation Ground

Bath Rugby registered a consecutive win for the first time this season as they edged out Harlequins 21-17 in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at Recreation Ground on Friday.

Bath, who were winless in the first 11 matches now have two wins in as many games after they had a 22-19 win over Worcester Warriors in the 13th round but still continue to remain at the bottom of the table with 14 points while Harlequins continue to remain at third place despite the defeat.

Wet conditions made it increasingly tough for the teams as they were in pursuit of the opening points which came in the 11th minute as Nick David sent Dino Lamb-Cona over the line and Tommaso Allan followed with the conversion making it 0-7.

However, they were down to 14 players temporarily in the 16th minute as Tyrone Green received a yellow card from referee Tom Foley for a deliberate knock-on. Even though the visitors did well not to concede much points in the next 10 minutes, Ben Spencer slotted back to back penalties before the half-hour mark to reduce the arrears.

As the break was approaching, David once again was instrumental in finding the gap as this time Cadan Murley touched down but Allan's conversion went wide as the teams completed the opening half with a 6-12 scoreline.

Bath were the quickest to get off the block in the second half as a well timed pass from Ojomoh allowed Will Muir to go over the line in the 44th minute before completing his second 13 minutes later to extend Bath's lead to six points.

Even though Quins found it tough to score in most of the second half, George Hammond's try with six minutes left gave them hope but Allan missed out on the conversion which kept them one point behind Bath's tally. Any chance of a Quins win came to an end as Spencer landed his third penalty goal in the final minute to complete a thrilling four-point win for Bath.

Team line up:

Bath: Rokoduguni, Hamer-Webb, Joseph, Redpath, Muir, Ojomoh, B Spencer; Cordwell, Du Toit, Rae, McNally (c), Williams, Ellis, Richards, Hughes.

Reserves: Doughty, Vaughan, Verden, W Spencer, Coetzee, Simpson, Butt, Prydie.

Harlequins: Green, David, Jones, Esterhuizen, Murley, Allan, Care; Garcia Botta, Walker (c), Collier, Symons, Tizard, Lamb, Wallace, Taulani.

Reserves: Riley, Els, Kerrod, Hammond, White, Gjaltema, Beard, Lynagh.

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