Bath vs Harlequins
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 18 February 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Bath have already felt the sting of Harlequins’ steel this year as they fell to them when they were on a roll, by a single point, it will be time for retribution as the men from the South West are still very much in the race for the title after the top three teams above them slipped up.
Bath are still in fourth, but they made ground up on third place Exeter, who in turn made ground up on second place Saracens, so things are a lot tighter at the top again. And although Bath lost to Harelquins in their first meeting, it was away, and it was only by a sigle point. So the race is still on, and with Quins hosting a number of England players, they will be a little disrupted, although they are coming off a big win over poor Bristol. Bath have also just announced that star flyhalf George Ford will be leaving, which does not affect them for this match too much, but there will be distractions around the Rec.
For Quins, they have been gant slayers on two occassion, knoking over Bath when they were in second, and toppling Sarcens for their first lost stretching back to the middle of last season. However, other than a few surprise, and impressive, wins, it has not been that much of a dominante dsplay from the Quins this year as they find themsleves in sixth. The disruptions and missing players, such as Mike Brown, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinkler, Jack Clifford, Danny Care and Marland Yarde will mean a lot of changes and against a settled team like Bath – missing only two or three players, it will take its toll.
Bath vs Harlequins: Head-to-Head Stats
This is a fixture where the historical perforamnces of each team are pretty close, with not too much advatage to be read into it. Bath have won 46% of the time, or 17 games while the Quins have 19 wins and there has also been one draw.
Bath vs Harlequins: Prediction
It would be hard to say that either side is the absolute favourite, but any game played at theRec makes Bath odd-on. Add to it that Bath had a good win against Saints, late in the game, and that they are chasing the title, and you cannot see Quins pulling off two upsets in a row.
Bath vs Harlequins: Tips
Semesa Rokodunguni is a try machine and he wants to prove that to Eddie Jones, look for him to score again, with ease.