Harlequins 27-41 Bath Rugby, Twickenham Stoop
Ruaridh McConnochie scored a double as Bath Rugby defeated Harlequins 27-41 in the 18th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.
The game that was played in front of 2700 fans at the Stoop saw Bath take their tally to 50 points as they positioned fifth while Harlequins are at eighth place after losing their 10th game.
The Quins off the mark in the sixth minute when Danny Care's pass sent Joe Marchant over the line and Brett Herron kicked the extras. Rhys Priestland and Herron exchanged a couple of penalties as the home side maintained their seven point lead.
McConnochie helped Bath level the scores as he went past Chris Ashton for his opening try in the 19th minute and and five minutes later Elliott Stooke drove from close range. Priestland kicked both the conversions and also a penalty goal in the 36th minute taking the scoreline to 13-23 at the end of the opening half.
The visitors extended their momentum into the second half when Cameron Redpath offloaded to McConnochie for his second try taking their lead to 15 points. Priestland missed the conversion but kicked two more penalty goals in the 57th and 64th minutes making the scoreline 13-31.
The start of the final 10 minutes saw Martin Landajo and Lewis Boyce trade tries but Bath had a double blow with Jack Walker and Tom Dunn yellow-carded in the 74th and 79th minute as Harlequins scored a last-minute consolation try from James Lang.
Bath now will host Worcester Warriors in the 19th round while Harlequins will lock horns with London Irish with both the games scheduled on 9th September.
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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