Aviva Premiership: Toby Booth hopes Bath make more progress after beating Harlequins

Last Updated: 21/12/13 10:20pm

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Toby Booth: Sees a bright future for his side after win against Harlequins

Toby Booth: Sees a bright future for his side after win against Harlequins

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Bath coach Toby Booth says his side are still hoping to make a "significant improvement" despite firmly establishing themselves in the Aviva Premiership top four by beating Harlequins.

The 14-3 victory over at the Rec consolidated the hosts' place in the play-off positions, while Bath also sit top of both their Amlin Challenge Cup and LV= Cup pools.

The highlight of a workmanlike performance in front of a capacity 12,200 crowd on Saturday was a stunning try from centre Jonathan Joseph, who rounded England full-back Mike Brown in a 40-metre run to the line.

"He took his try very well and not many people do that, stand up the England full-back," Booth said.

He added: "I thought defensively, we were excellent. Everyone knows about how Harlequins play the game and to keep them to three points is impressive.

"When a try is so openly and blatantly scored why did it not go to the TMO?"
Conor O'Shea

"But the defence, along with a bit of forward domination, paved the way for the victory.

"We drove well and we scrummed exceptionally well - and we got control of the game. The quality of this league is that, unless someone is having a particularly bad day, you're not going to see the fruits of your effort until 50 minutes in, really.

"And often it's a softening up process and eventually your quality tells."

Good position

"We are in a good position but we're in a situation where we are still speaking about the player empowerment side and the culture - we haven't really spoken about outcomes.

"And we've won the A League this week, which is important. It's a happy place to be and people are enjoying coming to work but we know there is a significant improvement still to come along. That's the exciting thing.

"Look at the consistent top four performers - we've got three in three weeks. We'll have a better idea after that of our progress. But we aren't where we are in the table by accident."

Harlequins missed out on a losing bonus point when the referee ruled that their late catch-and-drive was held up over the line without going to the TMO for confirmation.

"First of all, the side that won, deserved to win," Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea said.

"But we are pretty disappointed that we didn't get the try that was 'scored', that it didn't go the TMO. When a try is so openly and blatantly scored why did it not go to the TMO?"

He added: "We gave them an easy six-point start. And the try they scored from set piece from 50 metres was off a line-out when we were down to 14 men.

"Our guys stuck at it right to the end, probably didn't get the reward they deserved. It was a pretty tight game and every little thing went their way as opposed to ours."

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