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London Welsh coach Lyn Jones upbeat despite defeat at Bath

Last Updated: 31/03/13 7:15am

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Lyn Jones: Praised team's 'heart and spirit' despite defeat

Lyn Jones: Praised team's 'heart and spirit' despite defeat

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London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones insists his team will keep fighting for survival - 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.

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

"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.

"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."
Lyn Jones

"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, we're just waiting for a little luck to perhaps shine down on us.

To the wire

"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 Matt Banahan and Carl Fearns likely to be ruled out, but defence coach Mike Ford first reflected on a patchy performance.

"It was a bit more stressful than it needed to be with five tries oto one on the scoreboard," Ford said. "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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