Bath boss Stuart Hooper has moved to play down an injury scare surrounding England star Anthony Watson.
Watson, one of England’s top performers at the World Cup in Japan, limped out of Bath’s 25-19 Champions Cup defeat against Harlequins.
He went off nursing a leg problem 11 minutes into the second-half.
And the Bath fullback underlined his frustration in front of watching England head coach Eddie Jones by hurling his gum-shield to the ground before leaving the action.
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“He feels all right,” Bath rugby director Hooper said.
“We were just making sure we looked after him. I think he’s all right, yes.
“It’s not his knee. He just pulled up a bit tight, so we just brought him off.”
Bath, meanwhile, are staring at a first top-flight European whitewash after Quins won the Pool Three encounter thanks to tries from flanker James Chisholm, wing Gabriel Ibitoye and number eight Alex Dombrandt, while Brett Herron kicked two conversions and two penalties.
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The west country club have never lost all their pool games in a European campaign, but a 16th season of European Cup rugby will officially be their worst if they are toppled by Ulster next Saturday and suffer a sixth successive defeat.
Bath encountered a number of problems in the lineout, and Hooper added: “We are already looking at the detail of what went wrong there.
“It is something we pride ourselves on, so it’s disappointing, but we will fix it for sure. It was a missed opportunity to win a game.”
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The 21-year-old playmaker has been impressive since coming into the starting side for the Coventry-based Gallagher Premiership club in place of ex-All Blacks pivot Lima Sopoaga, who has recently suffered from illness.
Quins head of rugby Paul Gustard said: “We asked for the team to show character and make more of a statement, and I thought we did that from the word go. Our performance was much improved.”
“Adversity can make you or break you,” Gustard added. “We will come through this tough period a better team, better people.
“Every game we play we want to win; it doesn’t matter where you are in the competition. It is important that we keep building momentum.
“All we can do is keep focusing on ourselves and try to get the right result next week (against Clermont Auvergne) to build momentum and continuity leading into Saracens (on January 26).”
– Press Association
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