9th September 17 - Cardiff Harlequins v Bath - Pre seaonFriendly

Cardiff Harlequins v Bath

9th September 2017

Pre-Season friendly

Location – Cardiff Harlequins Rugby club

Final score: Cardiff 12:5 Bath

 

Bath lose against premeirship opposition, but give good account of themselves

 

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The Squad

If Bath are serious about getting out of West 1 then the better the opposition that can be found, even at this early stage of the season, the better the squad will be able to cope with the higher level of lacrosse required in the play off games at the end of the season should the boys in Red and Black fulfil their potential.

 

As with all friendlies the Bath squad was a bit of a mixture between regular first team players, and seconds, plus the odd player playing out of position, all in all however, this was a reasonably strong Bath squad.

 

There were welcome returns from Alex Hustler, out for most of last season through injury and Mark Lane back. From his trip to Australia, but while abroad young Will Tilson has stepped up to the plate and Captain Luke Wilmot opted to play Lane outfield, to see how he would cope. On paper this season Bath could well have 4 front line keepers available.

 

In defence Wilmot was joined by Shaun Peacock, (back after a few years sabbatical), Paul Bown and at LSM Ben King, a good balance of experience and agility.

Butler and King put on the pressure

More Kings made an appearance at midfield, with both Matt and Sam King joining their younger brother. At face Hustler completed the first string with Joe Stone last year’s most improved player and Lane completing the middie line up.

Alex Hustler defendsMatt King drives for goal

In Attack first team players Craig Morey and Lloyd Butler were joined by the slightly older Nik Roberts.

Lloyd Butler rolls back

Bath started with a bang, quick win at face by Hustler, fast break pass to Roberts on point, on to Morey who stepped inside the defender to score a nice goal.

MAtt King slips the defenders

Cardiff soon got over the shock, and began to show their premiership experience, however despite long periods of possession, Bath’s defence made the Welsh team work hard for the few goals and by the end of the first quarter the home team were only 3:1 up

 

The tempo of the game didn’t change much, Cardiff patient, with the lions share of the possession and Bath trying to up the tempo when with the ball. Bath missed some good chances, Roberts with a couple in front of goal, Matt King skied a couple, Sam King rattled the post and Mark Lane somehow managed to plant a pair of shots into the ground after bursting through the Cardiff defence. All the quarters had similar scores in Cardiff favour.

Nik Roberts attempt on goal

The final score of 12:5 was a fair reflection of the game, and gives Wilmot plenty to think about.

Bath need to work on their clears, and be more patient around the goal.

 

There were some highlights, Ben King is becoming the complete package and an asset to the team, which at 17 is pretty good going. Tilson is a great ball stopper, needs some more confidence in clearing, but at still 15 has huge potential. At face Hustler will push any opposition, providing he doesn’t run out of sticks (one stalled shaft and then the replacement lost its head).

 

This is, overall a young team, with a few additions that were not available, the future looks bright for Bath. Another friendly next week at West rivals Cheltenham should provide some more things for Wilmot  to ponder upon.

 

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Cardiff 3:1 Bath

2nd quarter Cardiff 4:2 Bath

3rd quarter Cardiff 2:1 Bath

4th quarter Cardiff 3:1 Bath

Final Score Cardiff 12:5 Bath

 

Scorers

Lloyd Butler 1

Craig Morey 1

Matt King 1

Sam King 2