Ford pleased with positive Bath

Date published: December 27 2014

Bath head coach Mike Ford was pleased with his side’s attacking intent as they scored four tries in the win over Exeter.

The five-pointer briefly moved Bath to the top of the league, before Northampton responded with a win over Harlequins.

Running in four tries despite some early errors was a great outcome for Ford.

“We are pleased with the way we played,” Ford said.

“The plan was to throw the ball around a little bit, although we were a bit impatient at times, but the positivity and the belief the team showed was fantastic.

“We want to have options all over the field, but I don’t want anyone to forget that we played a very good side today.

“They were third in the competition, but to get a bonus point win against one of your close competitors is very pleasing.

“We have got a really good squad at the moment. That was our fifth tough game on the run, so we will take a break and give the players time off until Wednesday because our next game (against Leicester) is not easy. We need them fresh.”

Exeter boss Rob Baxter accepted the result with good grace, admitting the battle was lost upfront.

“I have got no complaints. In the second half, the momentum of the game swung away from us and we never managed to get it back,” said Baxter.

“We lost the forward battle a bit in the second half, and once that momentum goes, it becomes pretty tough.