Sunday, 8 May 2011

Bath Rugby finish season on a high - Match report and reaction

Bath Rugby 42, Newcastle Falcons 12


​Bath Rugby ran riot against Newcastle Falcons in their final game of the season - but missed out on a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs by a single championship point.

Bath picked up a bonus point win at The Rec as they ran in five tries against a Newcastle side which was blown away by a first-half blitz.

But despite Bath's grand finale in front of a sell-out crowd, Northampton Saints' narrow 31-24 win over Leeds Carnegie meant Bath lost out on the fourth play-off spot to their rivals from the East Midlands.


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Match reaction

Steve Meehan says he leaves Bath Rugby in a better state than when he first arrived five years ago - and expects them to lift the Premiership trophy soon.

The head coach leaves Bath on a high after today's 42-12 thumping of Newcastle Falcons. But Bath missed out on the play offs for the first time in four seasons after Northampton squeezed home against Leeds Carnegie, who are relegated.

"The club is in a better position now than when I arrived," said Meehan, whose brand of running rugby won Bath the European Challenge Cup in 2008. "We are playing better rugby. We're respected around the Premiership now.


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