Bath 40 - 25 London Welsh

Match info: Premiership at

Date: 30/03/2013 KO: 14:15 Att: 11,621

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Bath

TriesBanahan (2) Fearns (8) Rokoduguni (14) Agulla (65) Claassens (79)ConversionsDonald (14) Heathcote  (65, 79)PenaltiesDonald (21, 64) Heathcote  (75)

40
vs
25

London Welsh

TriesJewell (69)ConversionsDavies (69)PenaltiesDavies (24, 28, 30, 41, 48, 55)

FT (ht: 20-9)

  • Last Updated: March 30 2013, 19:03 GMT

Post-match reaction to Bath's 40-25 victory over London Welsh.

Semesa Rokoduguni bursts clear for a Bath try
Semesa Rokoduguni bursts clear for a Bath try

London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones insists his team will keep plugging away in a bid to escape relegation from the Aviva Premiership - despite trailing 11th-placed Sale by five points.

A 40-25 defeat at Bath leaves the Exiles just three games to make up the deficit, with still no word on whether they will take their appeal against their five-point deduction and £15,000 fine to the Court for Arbitration in Sport.

Still smarting after losing their appeal this week over the Tyson Keats affair, the league's bottom club stayed in the game until the closing stages despite eventually conceding five tries to one.

Scrum-half Alex Davies summed up their never-say-die spirit by keeping them in touch with six penalties and a conversion of Seb Jewell's try but Bath's firepower behind the scrum ensured they always had the edge and retain hopes of a top-six place.

Fijian Semesa Rokoduguni was the matchwinner, his blistering pace earning him a try just before the break and also creating the bonus point score for Horacio Agulla.

Other Bath tries went to Matt Banahan, Carl Fearns and replacement scrum-half Michael Claassens.

Jones admitted Bath were the better side but he had nothing but praise for his players' commitment.

He said: "We knew there would be a big opening 20 minutes from Bath and they didn't disappoint us.

"They were good, really good. But I'm pleased with the effort the boys put into defence and attack."

Overall, it's a fair result but all I can ask our players is to give everything, every week and that's what they're doing.

"We've had five away games on the trot and just two bonus points to show for it. We've got three fixtures left and we've just got to keep plugging away.

"There's lots of spirit, lots of heart - there's lots that's good in our game. We're just waiting for a little luck to perhaps shine down on us.

"We've just got to take things down to the wire on May 4."On the possibility of a further appeal, he said: "I hope we do. But that is out of my hands."

Bath were left with injury problems ahead of their Amlin Cup quarter-final at home to Stade Francais next week, with both Banahan and Fearns likely to be ruled out.

Stephen Donald is also a major doubt.

Defence coach Mike Ford thought Banahan would not need an operation on his knee. Fearns has a hamstring problem.

Ford conceded that it had been a patchy performance from the home team, saying: "It was a bit more stressful than it needed to be - with five tries to one on the scoreboard.

"We started really well, very positive - two tries - and got 13 points up. Then, for whatever reason we let them back into the game and they picked us off with three points here and there. "I thought when Rokoduguni scored just before half time that was a fairer reflection of the game but they started the second half well. In the last 20 we got control of the game."


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