Premiership: Tabai Matson hails Harlequins players after hard-fought win over Bath

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Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson praised his players after they had to work hard for a 19-13 Premiership victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground on Friday.

Captain Alex Dombrandt, Oscar Beard and Nick David scored tries for Quins, who have now won four successive Premiership matches and the result means they are just two points adrift of second-placed Sale Sharks.

“We didn’t click in the first half, and we managed to get the benefit of some penalties,” said Matson.

“At the end of 80 minutes, considering the amount of mauls and players we had in the bin, that is a courageous effort. And ultimately, pretty lucky.

“As we roll into Europe, we knew it was important to get a gritty win. People dug in tonight.

“We take a squad of 30 (to South Africa), flying Sunday evening. It’s exciting.

“But we have really been trying to focus on this Bath game because it’s so important in the scheme of the season.”

Tense finish

Quins‘ other points came courtesy of a couple of conversions from Tommy Allan but they finished the match with 13 players after Jack Kenningham and George Head were yellow carded in the game’s closing stages.

For Bath, Will Butt scored a try and their other points came via a conversion and a penalty from Orlando Bailey while Piers Francis also succeeded with a three-pointer off the kicking tee.

Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan said: “We had opportunities to win it.

“We were twice over their try line, and you couldn’t see a grounding of the ball. We created enough to win, but we didn’t, and that is disappointing.

“We have got to look at the technical detail of why we couldn’t get the ball down on the floor.

“But we were certainly tough to beat tonight, and we mixed it with one of the better sides in the Premiership.”

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