HARLEQUINS produced some champagne rugby to book a place in the final of the LV= Cup with victory over Bath yesterday.
Ben Botica's blindside pass and Luke Wallace's offload while being tackled were not only moments of pure beauty, but also set up tries for a second string Quins side.
Their victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that Bath, with the LV= Cup their only remaining route into the Heineken Cup, fielded a full-strength side.
Botica's moment of magic set in motion the opening try on nine minutes, setting free Maurie Fa'asavalu to put in Tom Guest, before Botica bagged the conversion.
Twelve minutes later, Tom Williams (pictured) intercepted a wayward Bath pass on his own 22 line before sprinting about three-quarters of the length of the pitch for Quins' second try, before Botica again added the extras.
Bath were back in the game five minutes later when Francois Louw scored from a line-out catch and drive for the visitors' opening try, which Tom Heathcote converted.
A line-out at the other end 10 minutes later following a good spell of pressure on the Bath line led to a try from Karl Dickson, which Botica converted, but a penalty either side of the break from Heathcote ensured Bath stayed within sight.
Wallace's moment of magic arrived on 54 minutes, earning appreciative gasps from the crowd as it was replayed on the big screen, putting Williams in for his second try of the day before Botica kicked two more points.
Just four minutes later, Bath were right back in it when the video ref awarded a try to Nick Abenedoanon after Wallace just failed to hold him up over the line, and Heathcote converted before adding a penalty to pull the visitors to within five points.
Botica's penalty four minutes later proved to be enough to smooth Quins' progress, and although the fly-half missed another two minutes later, it did not matter as the hosts booked a final place against either Sale or Saracens at Worcester next Sunday.