Monday, 4 April 2011

Play-off hopes fade as Bath Rugby suffer third straight loss

Saracens 20, Bath Rugby 9

Bath Rugby’s hopes of an Aviva Premiership play-off spot dramatically receded this afternoon as they lost their third successive match in uninspiring fashion.

Fifteen points from the boot of Saracens full-back Alex Goode and a try by wing David Strettle in the final play of the first half condemned Bath to a loss at Vicarage Road.

Bath’s points came courtesy of three Butch James penalties, but their attacking play was blighted by a flurry of knock-ons.


Match Reaction

Steve Meehan insisted that the announcement of his impending departure from Bath Rugby did not negatively influence his players ahead of today’s 20-9 loss to Saracens.

The club announced on Tuesday that the head coach would be leaving at the end of the season by "mutual agreement" after five years at The Rec.

After watching his side sink to their third successive Aviva Premiership loss, Meehan said: “I don’t think it had an impact on today.

“I thought the effort was fantastic from the players and that’s always the premier thing you are looking for."

Meehan interview... read more

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