Anthony Watson injured as Bath lose to Harlequins in Champions Cup

Anthony Watson
Watson started five of England's six games at last year's Rugby World Cup
Champions Cup Pool Three
Bath (14) 19
Tries: Walker, Hamer-Webb, Willison Cons: Burns 2
Harlequins (12) 25
Tries: J Chisholm, Ibitoye, Dombrandt Cons: Herron 2 Pens: Herron 2

England winger Anthony Watson suffered yet another injury as he limped out of Bath's dead-rubber defeat by Harlequins in the Champions Cup.

The 25-year-old, who has battled Achilles tendon problems in the past two seasons and a recent knee injury, was replaced on 51 minutes.

England's Six Nations campaign starts away to France on 2 February.

Quins' number eight Alex Dombrandt got the game's decisive try in front of watching England coach Eddie Jones.

The international hopeful sprinted clear in typically forceful style to open up a 22-14 lead for the visitors on 56 minutes and, while Jackson Willison crossed for Bath soon after, the hosts could never quite close the gap.

Pool three

In an evenly-matched first half, Bath's pack had shoved Jack Walker over for an early score before Quins responded in kind as James Chisholm scored from a catch and drive.

Gabriel Ibitoye scored for the visitors after a searing break from Aaron Morris but Gabe Hamer-Webb dived in at the corner to edge Bath 14-12 clear at the break.

Harlequins had injury worries of their own as captain Chris Robshaw was forced from the fray just before half-time, but the successful return to action for Kyle Sinckler - after the England prop missed their defeat to Sale - will have cheered both Quins coach Paul Gustard and Jones.

Bath: Watson, Hamer- Webb, Wright, Willison, Brew, Burns, Green, Boyce, Walker, Judge, Garvey, R. Davies, Ellis, Williams, Bayliss.

Replacements: De Glanville for Watson (51), Noguera for Boyce (56), Batty for Walker (53), Nixon for Judge (65), Douglas for Garvey (70), Merigan for Williams (66).

Not used: Fox, A. Davies.

Harlequins: Morris, Goneva, Northmore, Lasike, Ibitoye, Herron, Care, Marler, Crumpton, Sinckler, Lamb, Cavubati, J. Chisholm, Robshaw, Dombrandt.

Replacements: R. Chisholm for Goneva (60), Saunders for Care (56), Garcia Botta for Marler (70), Musk for Crumpton (78), Collier for Sinckler (56), Young for Cavubati (60).

Not used: Kunatani, Penny.

Att: 12,059

Ref: Pascal Gauzere (France).

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