We got what we deserved – Cockerill

Date published: September 21 2014

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Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admitted his side lost to a superior team after Saturday's 45-0 defeat to Bath at the Recreation Ground.

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admitted his side lost to a superior team after Saturday's 45-0 defeat to Bath at the Rec.

Bath fly-half George Ford led the way with a 20-point haul – via three penalties, four conversions and a drop goal – and there were tries scored by Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Kyle Eastmond, Olly Woodburn and Peter Stringer as the Tigers failed to score for only the second time in Premiership history.

And to make matters worse, Leicester's replacement scrum-half David Mele was red-carded for stamping shortly before full-time.

“We couldn't cope with the set-piece, and if you get no set-piece parity you are always going to struggle,” said Cockerill.

“Credit to Bath. It was pretty average from us, at best, and we got exactly what we deserved.

“If you have got the quality we've got missing, some day it is going to hurt you, and today it hurt us. That's not an excuse, we should play better and I am bitterly disappointed.

“It is my responsibility, my fault. I pick the team, I coach the team. The loss today is down to me, and we will deal with it on Monday.

“Bath were very good. They played very well, and we couldn't cope with the physicality with the side we had available. We played poorly and we got exactly what was coming to us.

“Once you lose the physical battle in a game of rugby you are always going to struggle.”

Bath's head coach Mike Ford expressed his delight after his side's superb performance.

“Today, we were pretty good in all aspects, relentless really,” he said.

“To nil Leicester is absolutely fantastic.

“This time last year we were 21-3 up at half-time against Leicester and they came back at us. We seem to be better at learning from the past. That is what this young team needs.

“We know they (Leicester) have got injuries, but the way we played – the way we defended and attacked – was outstanding.

“The forwards set the platform, and the kids really enjoyed themselves behind the scrum.

“We've got Northampton away now, which is a sobering thought. We just want to get better and better. There is loads of potential in this team.

“Northampton is a great challenge, but it is only September.”

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