Bath put a big dent into Quins play-off chances with victory at the Stoop
Harlequins 27 Bath 41
Bath moved up to fourth in the Gallagher Premiership after easing to a bonus point win over Harlequins at the Stoop on Saturday.
A crowd of 2,700 saw England winger Ruaridh McConnochie score two tries and 21 points from the boot of Rhys Priestland was enough to gain victory.
Harlequins centre Joe Marchant opened the scoring in the sixth minute following a Danny Care Crossfield kick. The centre rose highest to claim the ball before powering over.
Both sides shared penalties before Bath started to dominate the game. In the 19th minute in form winger McConnochie touched down in the corner one handed, to give him his fourth try in the last four games.
Four minutes later second-row Elliott Stooke powered over with Priestland’s extras stretching the lead.
Cameron Redpath’s excellent offload allowed McConnochie space to sprint down the touchline for his second of the afternoon shortly after the restart to give Bath a 28-13 lead.
Priestland made it six from six after a penalty kick from just inside Quins half sailed over the posts.
It took Quins until the 70th minute for them to get their first try of the contest. Alex Dombrandt with a couple of carries and an offload started the move with Argentinian scrum-half Martin Landajo dotting down.
But just a minute later Bath’s Lewis Boyce intercepted a loose pass from Marchant to race in from 20 metres to score against his old club and bring up the try bonus point.
Despite Bath having both Jack Walker and Tom Down sent to the sin bin for ten minutes, the visitors allowed just a single try by the home side. With the clock on red Quins replacement James Lang started and finished the move that led to a consolation try for the Londoners.
The win was Bath’s biggest ever victory at the Stoop, with the West Country side dominating at the breakdown and in seven visit to the Quins 22, coming away with 29 points.
For Bath they are certainly right back in the play off mix. As regards Harlequins, this defeat means it is looking extremely difficult for them to be featuring in the top four come the end of the season.