Ford: ‘Score not fair on Leicester’

Date published: May 23 2015

Bath head coach Mike Ford believed the final score in his side's 47-10 semi-final win over Leicester wasn't a fair representation of the contest.

Matt Banahan scored a hat-trick as Bath thrashed their old rivals to advance to the Premiership Final at Twickenham next weekend.

Praising how clinical his side were when chances presented themselves, along with their work in defence, Ford added that Bath wouldn't change their style of play next weekend at Twickenham.

"We were so clinical in the first half – the attack was outstanding. The boys kept their composure, and once the bench came on and we got that fourth try, the game was over," said Ford.

"I thought the scoreboard was a bit skewed. I thought Leicester played better than the scoreboard suggested.

"I am very pleased that we were able to soak up a lot of pressure, and then be clinical on attack. I think good teams do that.

"We would be stupid to change unless it is absolutely a monsoon next Saturday. Saracens will know what's coming – they are an excellent kick-chase side.

"At the same time, I would be devastated if we don't take opportunities when they are on.

"We've done that all season, and my job with this young side is to keep them pressure-free, make them have fun and enjoy it and go out and do what they do.

"I don't think Saracens will change. They are very good at what they do, and if they get in front then it is very difficult to beat them."