Ford regrets missed bonus point

Date published: December 6 2014

Bath will go all out to secure maximum points when they face Montpellier in their return European Champions Cup match next weekend.

That was the word from Bath boss Mike Ford who, despite his side’s 30-5 victory in their clash at Montpellier’s Altrad Stadium on Friday, admitted that he had regrets about not securing a try scoring bonus point.

Bath had scored three tries by the 50th minute and looked set to score their crucial fourth five-pointer but in the end they were unable to achieve their goal in rainy conditions at the Altrad Stadium.

“I thought we were excellent in the first half, we built a score and got a couple of tries right before the break and we were really on top,” said a frustrated Ford.

“At the start of the second half we were playing really well and scored a great try in the corner.

“I unleashed the bench after 50 minutes and I thought we had enough time to get that bonus point. We are unbelievably frustrated that the game turned so scrappy.

“They put their subs on and the two huge props managed to get the balance of the game back in their favour.

“But at nine o o’clock in the morning I would have taken a 3-0 win never mind a 30-5 win.

“Of course we are disappointed because we need a bonus point because of where we are in the pool, but hopefully Glasgow and Toulouse can take points off each other and we can get a win next week.

“We need both Glasgow and Toulouse to win games, but not get bonus points – I know I’m asking for a lot but anything can happen.

“We will try and concentrate on ourselves first and hopefully have a good day at The Rec next Friday night.

“We need a bonus point next week and we will prepare well.

“We will pick a strong squad for sure and if we can get a good performance in and put ourselves in a decent position for January – we will look to get five points next week and see where that takes us.”

Despite Ford’s disappointment, Bath’s veteran scrum-half Peter Stringer, who came on to replace Chris Cook, put the performance into perspective.

“First and foremost we are delighted with the win,” he said.

“It’s a tough group, but coming to the south of France and getting four points we have to be happy.”

“We put in a good shift in the first half. The conditions are far from ideal to play rugby. We have them again next week which is important and anything can happen.”