LV= Cup: Neal Hatley praises 'hungry' Bath after win over Exeter
Last Updated: 17/11/13 5:42pm
Matt Banahan evades the Exeter defence
Bath forwards coach Neal Hatley was impressed by his side's enthusiasm in the 37-15 LV= Cup victory over Exeter.
The hosts made a flying start at the Rec with early tries from Matt Banahan and Matt Garvey putting them in command before further touchdowns by Martin Roberts and Charlie Beech sealed a bonus-point success.
"I think we did look hungry," Hatley said. "That's what competition for places does. That healthy competition means that every single opportunity, they're going to have to take with both hands.
"Martin Roberts had a good run-out (at scrum-half) so he is putting pressure on Peter Stringer. It's the same with the second rows and the props, knowing for instance that Nathan Catt and Charlie Beech can come on and do a good job.
"We have been putting some emphasis on how we start games so it's nice to see it come off. Being 17-3 up put them under a bit of pressure.
"Defensively we were a lot better today. Exeter are a team who are very hard to get the ball off so we were pleased that we were able to get the ball off them more quickly than we have in the past."
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said: "We were uncharacteristically slow out of the blocks. We lost momentum in that crucial first quarter and found ourselves in a position that was very difficult to get out of.
"It meant that other good areas of our play, when we did control the ball, didn't count for much.
"We missed too many one-on-one tackles; we couldn't slow their ball and didn't form a defensive line.
"Bath fully exploited it - fair play to them. They came out of the blocks really flying, with a different tempo. It's what we should have shown in that first 15 minutes."