Ford hails ‘special’ victory

Date published: January 19 2015

Bath head coach Mike Ford was thrilled with his side’s showstopping victory over Toulouse in the Champions Cup.

The Premiership contenders were at their best as Toulouse suffered their biggest home defeat in European history.

Ford described Jonathan Joseph’s break as ‘world class’ for what proved to be the decisive score.

Pool 4 is now wide open with Bath, Toulouse and Glasgow Warriors only separated by two points going into the final round.

“That was special and it was a great result to get five points and stop them getting anything,” said Ford.

“We were fantastic in the first half and, had Anthony Watson scored, then we would have led 29-7 with four tries inside half an hour.

“You have to give Toulouse credit, they fought their way back which they were always likely to do here, and the game was in the balance for a long while at 25-18.

“But George [Ford] got back to make a try-saving tackle which was really important and helped clear the pressure. Then that last break by Jonathan Joseph [to set up Louw’s try] was just world class.

“We’re in a good place at the moment. We can scrummage, we can drive and we showed again here that we can also play some great rugby.”

Toulouse back Yoann Huget noted that the loss of two key scrums when close to the Bath line had cost the four-time European champions dearly.

“We got two massive scrums at five metres from their line and we have to take some points from there. But we lost both of them,” said Huget.

“We tried to not let go but we never scored and Bath kept things tight in the second half with a strong defence.

“It will be complicated against Montpellier. They will try to win their first game for honour bit we were doing really well in the Champions Cup until this game and we are going to play our chances until the end. I think we deserve a quarter-final.”