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  1. Quins move up to fifth in Premiership
  2. Harlequins tries: Sloan, Walker 2, Horwill
  3. Bath tries: Mafi, Williams, Rokoduguni

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By Brent Pilnick

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FT: Harlequins 35-28 Bath

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Thanks for joining me for this humdinger of a match - I'm off for a lie down in a dark room!

You can read the full match report from this evening here.

Don't forget to join us here at BBC Sport for live coverage of tomorrow's five fixtures from the Premiership - as well as the latest round of the Six Nations.

And remember you can follow us @bbcrugbyunion on Twitter. Good evening.

O'Shea has his say

FT: Harlequins 35-28 Bath

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea told BT Sport:

"I think it's so hard to take in. 

"We've gone through a pretty tough few weeks and the way a couple of young fellas fronted up was superb.

"They're frustrated in the dressing room because thee were playing so well and our mistakes and our errors let in a really good Bath side. 

"Credit to the opposition for playing as they did because they could have backed up and not come back."

Mike Ford: 'We've got seven games to go and we're going to win the next seven'

FT: Harlequins 35-28 Bath

Bath head coach Mike Ford told BT Sport:

"We shot ourselves in the foot I thought.

"The sin-binning cost us 24 points, we have had away a couple of loose passes which gave away some tries and we were always on the back foot.

"We're going to win our next game, that's all we can do. 

"We'll get a few bodies back in the next few weeks and we're going to be positive. 

"We've got seven games to go and we're going to win the next seven." 

Saturday's Premiership fixtures

All kick-off times GMT

Leicester v Exeter
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13:45 - Wasps v Leicester

14:00 - Northampton v Sale, Worcester v Gloucester

15:00 - Exeter v Newcastle

20:00 - London Irish v Saracens

Premiership in the USA

Saturday: London Irish v Saracens (20:00 GMT)

Final preparations for @Saracens inside @redbull Arena #PremRugbyUSA

Final preparations for @Saracens inside @redbull Arena #PremRugbyUSA

BBC Sport's Adam Williams is on deployment in New York for tomorrow's landmark Premiership match - the first to played overseas.

Watch his special report previewing the match here or by clicking on the Highlights tab at the top of the page.

Can Premiership rugby crack the USA?

Saturday: London Irish v Saracens (20:00 GMT)

Luke Narraway and Brad Barritt
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"It's difficult to break the States. The Beatles managed it, One Direction got there, I think, and now it's Premiership Rugby's turn."

Those are the words of Premiership commercial director Dominic Hayes as the English game prepares to break new ground on Saturday, when its first competitive fixture overseas kicks-off just half an hour from the bright lights of Manhattan and New York.

Will it be a success? Should we expect more games to be played abroad in the future? BBC Sport's Adam Williams has found out.

Join BBC Sport for live text and radio commentary of London Irish v Saracens from 19:30 GMT on Saturday.

Nick Easter: 'Hopefully it will kick start a little bit of a run'

FT: Harlequins 35-28 Bath

Harlequins forward Nick Easter told BT Sport:

"For 50 minutes it was exceptional. We held onto the ball and looked very dangerous and we kept a very well-organised Bath attack out. 

"But then we seemed to be on the wrong end of the referee at the end, we've got to look at that and paint the right pictures. Some of the decisions we were left scratching our heads, but it's not good doing that, we've just got to make sure we deal with it. 

"But we dug in and what you saw was a side that hasn't won many in the last five or six games and struggle to get over the line and we got over the line. 

"Hopefully it will kick start a little bit of a run now."

FT: Harlequins 35-28 Bath

Reaction on the way to a superb contest...


Harlequins 35-28 Bath

Wow. What a game.

Penalty (Homer)

Harlequins 35-28 Bath

Bath get an unlikely bonus point in the final minute as Tom Homer slots over from in front of the posts. What a fightback!

Sin-bin (Horwill)

Harlequins 35-25 Bath

James Horwill gets a yellow card and an early bath for Quins for a high tackle. A bit harsh?

Record comeback?

Harlequins 35-25 Bath

Should Bath get a victory here, it would be the biggest comeback in the history of the Premiership. Remember at one point today Bath were 35-6 down earlier in this half. Never mind London Irish v Saracens - they should be showing this game to the USA.....

Bath close in....

Harlequins 35-25 Bath

Dare I suggest it - game on?!

Jamie HillBBC Radio London commentator

It absolutely is now! Can Bath do the unthinkable?

Try (Rokoduguni, Homer con))

Harlequins 35-26 Bath

Oh. My. Word. Could the comeback be on for Bath? Matt Banahan with another run, this time down the right wing and he offloads to Semesa Rokoduguni who gets across the line. Tom Homer gets the conversion. 

Try (Williams, Homer con)

Harlequins 35-18 Bath

With Dave Ward and Nick Easter both needing treatment, Quins were effectively down to 12 men and Bath took advantage.

Matt Banahan powerfully ran down the left wing before passing to Jeff Williams who coasted over to give Bath some hope - or is it too little too late? Tom Homer added the extras.

Cup triumph for Jersey

Championship side Jersey win their first-ever knockout game in the British and Irish Cup, winning 19-15 at Bedford to set up a semi-final next week at either Moseley or Yorkshire Carnegie.

Try (Mafi)

Harlequins 35-11 Bath

Bath drive for for the left corner with the man advantage. Amanaki Mafi goes over thanks to the TMO. His arm was not in touch. Tom Homer's conversion attempt goes wide.

Sin-bin (Twomey)

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

Harlequins replacement Sam Twomey is off for 10 minutes after bringing down a Bath player in the air from a lineout.

Happy Conor

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

What a great early St Patrick's Day present Harlequins have given Conor O'Shea. Barring one of the greatest comebacks ever his side will be fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Wasps in a few minutes time. His side's backs have been excellent, especially in the first half and defensively Bath have been kept well and truly at bay. 

Conor O'Shea
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Eastmond injured?

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

Bath's England back Kyle Eastmond looks to be struggling. He was holding the back of of his left leg in the first half and has just had some attention from the Bath medical team - he looks to be walking rather gingerly. When it's not going your way...

Top-try Charlie

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

Charlie Walker's second try tonight was his eighth of the season, putting him one clear at the top of the Premiership's leading try-scorer charts.

Frank Halai of Wasps and last-season's top-scorer - Exeter powerhouse Thomas Waldrom - each have seven tries.

Charlie Walker
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Ford under more pressure?

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

Mike Ford

If Mike Ford was a Premier League football manager, you would think he might have gone the same way as Steve McClaren did earlier today at Newcastle.

From being beaten Premiership finalists in 2015, Bath are stuck in ninth place with what looks like just five wins from 15 games.

Bath have a bit of pressure

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

It might be too little too late, but Bath have forced Quins into giving away a penalty near their try line. Referee Dean Richards asks home captain James Horwill to "have a word".

Harlequins secure bonus point

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

We said it would be a costly 10 minutes and it's been their undoing. Bath have lacked any direction in attack. It's a costly sin-binning.

Ollie SmithEx-Harlequins and England centre, BBC Radio London

Try (Horwill, Botica con)

Harlequins 35-6 Bath

Bath fail to control a Harlequins maul 40m out after a line-out and the batter their way towards the try line before Australia international James Horwill goes over from close range for the bonus point.

Ben Botica adds the conversion.

Walker gets his second try

Harlequins 28-6 Bath

Walker went and you're not going to catch him.

David BarnesEx-Bath prop, BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Walker, Botica con)

Harlequins 28-6 Bath

What a start to the second half for Harlequins!

Bath give away the ball just outside their own 22 and Charlie Walker turns on the jet boots, racing 70m to go over. Ben Botica adds the extras with Bath still down to 14 men.

Charlie Walker
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Harlequins 21-6 Bath

Bath get the second half under way at the Stoop. What can they do to get back into this game? 

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Follow @bbcrugbyunion for the latest domestic and international rugby union news. 

Six Nations fixtures

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Here are the details of the penultimate round of fixtures (all kick-off times GMT)...

Saturday, 13:30 - Ireland v Italy

Saturday, 16:00 - England v Wales - live on BBC Radio 5 live

Sunday, 15:00 - Scotland v France - live on BBC One

The Six Nations returns

Saturday: England v Wales (16:00 GMT)

There are all sorts of sub-texts to arguably the most anticipated match of this year's Six Nations - the title still up for grabs, Wales hoping to deny England the chance of a Grand Slam, revenge on offer after England's World Cup pool-stage defeat in September...

Eddie Jones

There's been the usual verbal jousting between the two camps in the build-up, with coaches of both sides accusing the other of illegal scrummaging.

BBC pundits Jeremy Guscott and Jonathan Davies have identified the key areas where Saturday's game will be won and lost.

Who will prevail? Listen to live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Penny for Ford's thoughts

HT: Harlequins 21-6 Bath

What will Mike Ford be thinking at half-time? His side have been put under the cosh for much of this first half with some excellent attacking rugby from Harlequins.

Let us know what you would be saying if you were Mike using @bbcrugbyunion on Twitter.

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Half time

Harlequins 21-6 Bath

I cannot remember a more entertaining first half of rugby with just two tries in it.

Harlequins' backs have been sublime for much of the game, but Bath almost held on. Harry Sloan's early try, along with three Ben Botica penalties had given Quins a decent lead, and Tom Homer's two penalties kept Bath in it before Charlie Walker's score and Botica's conversion gave a deserved 15-point lead at the interval.

Try (Walker, con Botica)

Harlequins 21-6 Bath

Charlie Walker
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Mark Lambert's barnstorming run sets up another Quins attack and they move it out wide to Charlie Walker who goes over on the left.

Ben Botica's conversion is good and Harlequins have a handy half-time lead.

Bath's Cook sees yellow

Harlequins 14-6 Bath

To lose your nine is not ideal - you have to have someone in a specialist position that they're not used to. Chris Cook talks a lot and bosses players around. That's so crucial. This could be a big 10 minutes for Bath.

Ollie SmithEx-Harlequins and England centre, BBC Radio London

Penalty (Botica)

Harlequins 14-6 Bath

Ben Botica converts the penalty after Chris Cook's deliberate knock-on.

Sin-bin (Cook)

Harlequins 11-6 Bath

Bath scrum-half Chris Cook deliberately knocks on at his own tryline. 10 minutes to reflect...

Just short...

Harlequins 11-6 Bath

Mathew Luamanu is held up inches short after another excellent Harlequins attack. Charlie Walker's brilliant run down the right sucked in the Bath defence before the home side shipped the ball out to the left and missed out by inches.

Harlequins 11-6 Bath

A fantastic atmosphere at The Stoop with both @QuinsRugbyUnion and @bathrugby playing their part.

A fantastic atmosphere at The Stoop with both @QuinsRugbyUnion and @bathrugby playing their part.

Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick is enjoying his evening so far, as am I. It's been a very watchable game, with Quins five points ahead heading into the closing stages of the first half.

Quins mesmerise Bath defence

Harlequins 11-6 Bath

"This is liquid rugby" is what Alan Partridge would have said for that last passage of play. Beautiful hands from Harlequins leaves Bath's defence at sixes and sevens before they manage to recover and force a scrum on their own 5m line.