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Bath debutants praised by coach

Bath first-team coach Toby Booth was full of praise for young half-backs Will Homer and Rory Jennings as they guided his side to a 23-21 LV= Cup victory against Harlequins on their senior debuts.

The duo, who were both recently included in the England U20 Six Nations squad, were instrumental in Bath's victory as Homer kicked 10 points while Jennings stepped up to slot the late penalty which ultimately proved the winner at the Stoop.

"It's a massive step up but they're young lads who are playing exceptionally well," Booth said.

"They are a big part of England U20's plans and they are the long-term future for Bath.

"From that point of view, there will be errors, but that's part of the learning process.

"We have the attitude of getting better every day and they will come in on Monday and look at their game and look at what they can get right. They will be much better for having this experience."

Bath led 10-0 with less than four minutes on the clock thanks to a Homer penalty and an early Matt Banahan try, but found themselves 21-13 down after a stunning Quins fightback, but Booth's inexperienced side found the resolve to come back at the death.

"I thought we showed masses of enthusiasm that compensated for some of our experience," Booth added.

"I'm delighted with the outcome and it was built on our core values of working hard. Quins managed to get in front, but we never stopped trying. We dug in and good teams and good individuals find a way to win."

Harlequins head coach John Kingston was disappointed to see his side lose their grip on the match late on.

"From 10-0 down, we'd gone 21-13 so it's been 21-3 to us for most of the game," he said.

"We have to look at ourselves and say we still had opportunities to close that game out in the last five or six minutes."


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