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- Aviva Premiership
- 16th Feb 2013
- KO 14:15
- Ground: The Recreation Ground
- Att: 11,879
Gary Gold wants further improvements form his Bath side
I'm really keen to emphasise that I don't want us to get ahead of ourselves.
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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.
"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.
"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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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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