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- 30th Mar 2013
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London Welsh coach Lyn Jones upbeat despite defeat at Bath
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.
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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.
"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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|Saturday 16th May|
|Exeter 44 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 22 - 14 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 37 - 21 Harlequins|
|Bath 50 - 30 Gloucester|
|London Welsh 17 - 68 Saracens|
|London Irish 40 - 40 Wasps|
|Sunday 10th May|
|Saracens 20 - 24 Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|Northampton 46 - 0 London Welsh|
|Wasps 21 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Gloucester 35 - 13 London Irish|
|Sale Sharks 34 - 28 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 8th May|
|Harlequins 26 - 27 Bath|
|Sunday 26th April|
|Wasps 36 - 29 Exeter|
|Saturday 25th April|
|Northampton 25 - 20 Saracens|
|Gloucester 42 - 40 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 38 - 17 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 25 Harlequins|
|Friday 24th April|
|Bath 43 - 18 London Irish|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
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