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Bath made a statement - Ford

03rd May 2014 08:43

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Bath head coach Mike Ford believes his side proved they can compete physically with the best after Friday's draw with Northampton.

Ford's son George scored all of Bath's points in the 19-19 result at The Rec.

"People say we can't compete against the top two but we've shown we can," said Ford.

"Physically, we did well. That was a bit of a statement from us tonight. We've been pleased with our pack all year but they've got a good pack too.

"We're playing them in the Amlin final and we could possibly meet them in the play-off semi-finals as well. They're a good side, and in the first 25 minutes they had us under a lot of pressure.

"We went in at half-time pretty happy at 6-6 but we should have seen the game out tonight.

"I think it was a fair result but we're disappointed with that last play because the referee put his arm out and we took the snap drop goal, thinking we had the penalty.

"We are massively disappointed with the use of the TMO but at the same time we shouldn't have conceded the penalty which made it 19-19."

Ford reserved special praise for his front row, who matched Northampton's highly-rated pack upfront.

"I am really proud of the lads, because they had to face a lot of adversity out there. The scrums were pretty good and we got on top there. Even when Nathan Catt had to go to hooker, we got on top again - and they opted for a line-out rather than a scrum," added Ford.

"If we have to go to Harlequins and get a result that's what we'll try to do. It's amazing - it's going to come down to the last game and we've been in the top four all year, 75% of that time we've been third."

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