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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Winless Bath fired-up for fast start at Harlequins

Semesa Rokoduguni could be the dangerman for the visitors

Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni is a serious try threat
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Bath are still searching for their first win of the season and head coach Todd Blackadder has called on his players to show focus and aggression from the start of their clash at Harlequins.

Having lost their opening match at Bristol, Bath found themselves 21-0 down at home to Gloucester last week and it needed a significant shift in effort and application to salvage a draw.

With their backs to the wall the West Country outfit need to carry on where they left off and Blackadder should get the response he wants from his players.

Both teams have shown plenty of attacking intent this season and with key players missing from both packs, this could be a high-tempo, open game.

Bath will probably try to get wingers Semesa Rokoduguni and Joe Cokanasiga into the game, and Rokoduguni looks worth backing to get on the scoresheet first. He was impressive in the second half last week against Bath, really attacking the ball at restarts, and his pace and power could tell.

Harlequins have looked well organised defensively and outscored their opponents in both their matches. But they were trailing with a minute to go in the first half against Sale while at Northampton last week they trailed 9-3 at the break, and at the prices its's worth taking visitors Bath to have their noses in front after 40 minutes.

Premiership top pair Exeter and Saracens are both long odds-on favourites to keep up their impressive winning run, the Chiefs giving up 22 points at home to Sale and Sarries conceding ten at Northampton. 

Worcester are eight-point favourites at home to Newcastle in the battle of the bottom two. 

Bath to be leading at half-time
2pts 6-4 general
S Rokoduguni first tryscorer
1pt each-way 10-1 Betfair

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Both teams have shown plenty of attacking intent this season and this could be a high-tempo, open game
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