Sunday, 6 January 2013

Gary Gold insists Bath not giving up on play-offs despite fourth straight defeat

The 29-15 defeat to Wasps left them down in eighth place, Christian Wade's brilliant solo try on the stroke of half-time changing the course of the game.

Bath had led 12-3 but Wade's trickery, Stephen Jones' deadly right boot - which gathered 17 points in total - and Chris Bell's late effort proved too much for the visitors.

But Gold said: "I think the table is quite tight this year, if you look at it if you're a pessimist and see the glass half empty you could think we're out of the top-four contention," he said.

"But we have a good group of rugby players, the attitude is right and I'm certainly not going to be giving up on the top four going forward.

"At 29-15 it doesn't look like we showed character but I think we did, we started off well and we put them under pressure, but that try just before half-time hurt us there's no doubt about it.

"I think we defended bravely for quite a number of phases at that stage and a piece of brilliance from their very good players led to them getting a try."

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