Premiership champions Harlequins made it four bonus point wins from five games after having to come from behind at the break.
The hosts raced into a 12-3 lead early on before Quins Joe Marler received a yellow card. Bath capitalised on the man advantage to run in two triesto head into half time leading 17-12. Quins hit back to restricting Bath to a goalless second half after tries from Marcus Smith and a brace from Joe Marchant was enough to see off a plucky Bath side.
Bath, who conceded 71 points against Saracens were on the back foot as early as the fourth minute following a line out the ball was worked wide where Andre Esterhuizen crashed over in the corner. Smith was accurate with the conversion to give Quins the early advantage.
After 16 minutes is was beginning to look ominous for Bath when Danny Care spotted some space to put Esterhuizen away in the corner for his second try of the afternoon.
The hosts were reduced to 14 men after 25 minutes when Marler was shown a yellow card for a no arms tackle on Tom de Glanville. Immediately Bath profited with the one man advantage when Sam Underhill crossed from a driving maul. The visitors added another seven points on the board when Will Stuart powered over to give Bath a 17-12 lead at the break.
Harlequins needed a good second half and responded in the manner that Champions do. Smith’s dancing feet enabled him to breeze pass two players before crossing and then converting his own try to nudge Harlequins back into the lead.
With ten minutes to go the game could of gone either way until up popped Alex Dombrandt who took a difficult pass with an audacious flick to Marchant to go over in the corner for the try bonus point.
The centre was on hand to snap up his second try of the afternoon after Smith skated through a big gap to put Marchant in and wrap up a hard earned victory.
Harlequins 31 Bath Rugby 17
Gallagher Premiership Saturday 23rd October 2021
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