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Gary Gold wants further improvements form his Bath side

Last Updated: 18/02/13 5:27am

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Gary Gold: Staying grounded

Gary Gold: Staying grounded

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Bath head coach Gary Gold was pleased with his side's bonus-point win over London Irish but warned his players there is plenty to work on.

Bath secured a sixth win in succession with a 40-16 victory over the Exiles at the Rec to move above Exeter and enhance their bid for a Heineken Cup qualifying spot next season.

But Gold is eager to keep his players' feet on the ground.

He said: "I'm really keen to emphasise that I don't want us to get ahead of ourselves.

"I'm really keen to emphasise that I don't want us to get ahead of ourselves."
Gary Gold

"We're getting some things right but it wasn't a great first-half performance. There were a couple of opportunities we could have finished so I suppose the exciting part is there is a lot of room to improve.

"The basics are there and the forwards are setting a platform. I hope we are playing an entertaining game and we are scoring tries. Obviously, we are really happy with that as a performance.

"It was a very good Irish team. We had to bring our 'A' game to beat them today. They have a very good backline and we had a lapse of concentration at one point.

Confident

"These games are not won at 14 points up and we have to be hard on ourselves to put teams to bed."

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith has no doubt his side can avoid relegation from the Aviva Premiership, despite being dragged back into the dogfight.

"Yeah, we're confident," he said. "You saw our fighting qualities today. There wouldn't be many sides give away 23 penalties and not cave in.

"We've got a few guys coming back and going into this game we were five from six so we're in a pretty good space. We're pretty annoyed, the pack's particularly disappointed."

"Bath deserved their win today. They were too good for us up front. They're cock-a-hoop and they should be. We're disappointed because with 10 minutes to go we're seven points adrift and we're leaving here with a bonus point.

"But I would say we've seen a couple of things today that are quite remarkable. The try that the boys concocted in the second half, you don't see that every day.

"And I've been in the game for 40 years and I've never seen a penalty count go above 20 before. There's three yellow cards thrown in there and with the penalty try, that's a full house. The referee obviously saw things a little differently to the way we did."

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