Joe Marchant called on Harlequins to continue being ruthless in attack as they grabbed their fourth consecutive league win by beating Bristol Bears.

He touched down for his 11th try of the season as the Londoners beat the West Country side 36-26 in Premiership Rugby.

And it was an all-action display from 22-year-old centre Marchant as he made 49 metres on eight carries, as well as setting up a score for Ross Chisholm at the Stoop.

Quins secured a try bonus-point before half-time for a third game in a row, and Marchant – now in his most successful season as a scorer – believes his team’s productivity comes from being solid without the ball.

“It’s mainly about the defence,” he said.

“When you get a lot of points on a team to start off with, you know they are going to try everything from everywhere – especially a team like Bristol.

“You have to make sure you are defending well, keep putting the pressure on, and then when you get the ball, and get a sniff, you have to be ruthless.”

Chisholm, Marcus Smith and Nathan Earle also grabbed tries for Quins as they secured a bonus-point win.

There was also a record-equalling score for Mike Brown, who tied Ugo Monye for the club’s professional-era try-record as he dotted down for the 89th time.

And now Quins captain James Horwill is relishing the chance to continue their winning run against Bath.

They will be looking to avenge a 37-32 defeat against the West Country outfit after they conquered the Stoop in September.

“Bath came down to our patch earlier in the season and put five tries on us, so we’ve got to make sure we travel down with a mentality to get the job done,” he said.

“They always rise to another level at home and its always a hostile environment to play in. As a squad, though, we’re excited by the challenge.”