‘Rokoduguni the best winger in 2014’

Date published: October 4 2014

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Bath boss Mike Ford has lavished praise on outstanding winger Semesa Rokoduguni following the win over Saracens on Friday.

Bath boss Mike Ford has lavished praise on outstanding winger Semesa Rokoduguni following the win over Saracens on Friday.

The British Army soldier has made waves since joining Bath in 2012, taking the Premiership by storm and winning a call-up to the England Saxons.

Rokoduguni was at it again in the 21-11 victory at The Rec, with Ford singling him out for praise.

“Roko has been the stand-out winger all year. In terms of defenders beaten last season and defenders beaten this season thus far, he’s second to none,” said Ford.

“He is learning the game as well. You saw a couple of good kicks there from him, too, when the time was right, although I don’t want him to kick too much.

“He is hard to stop and he has been phenomenal for us.

“We know we can get better. Last season was great for us in terms of confidence and being on the right track, and now we have added more detail.

“When we scored our second try and ran it from our own 22, that’s players making good decisions, it is not coaches saying ‘kick this or run this’.

“I am committed to it. It is important we try to play the Bath way. We can play a number of ways because we have got the pack to do it.”

Ford also admitted that while the performance against Saracens had been great, the approach to the previous week away to Northampton had been slightly wrong.

“It was a great performance,” added Ford.

“Defensively, we were up and at them, knocking them back and giving them no time to create anything. Last weekend (against Northampton) I was over-protective.

“I concentrated on not to lose instead of winning. We wanted to go out tonight and play our way, and when you’ve got a pack that can give you that sort of ball, you would be stupid not to play like that.

“We could have lost, but I was determined to play the way we wanted to. We are still only scratching the surface. It is going to be really exciting where we are going with this team.”

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