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- Aviva Premiership
- 14th Sep 2013
- KO 15:15
- Ground: The Recreation Ground
- Att: 12,200
Aviva Premiership: Bath's George Ford didn't seek revenge on Leicester
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George Ford preferred to shy away from the limelight despite kicking his new club Bath to a 27-20 Aviva Premiership success over former club Leicester at the Recreation Ground.
Fly-half Ford, who left Tigers for Bath earlier this summer, kicked 17 points as Bath made it two wins from two but he was quick to sidestep individual praise after delivering an assured display.
"It wasn't about me playing against Leicester, it was about Bath against Leicester," he said.
"I just wanted to come and play, and thankfully I've had four or five games in a row now, including pre-season. I will try to keep my head down, keep working hard in training and see where it takes us.
"It was a tough game. We lost a bit of intensity in the second half and Leicester came back at us.
"We knew Leicester would come back, and we probably didn't grasp hold of the game well enough at the start of the second half.
"One of their biggest strengths is how fit they are, and they were still hammering away in the 78th and 79th minutes."
"I am pleased for George. There was a lot of pressure on him today, so I am pleased he has come through it and we have got the win," Ford's father Mike, the Bath first team coach, said.
"Listen, it's not about George, it is about the team. As a coach, to have plenty of things to work on and still win against Leicester, there are obviously quite a few positives there.
"To beat any Leicester side, a club that has been in nine successive Premiership finals, you never knock that.
"Having said that, the performance could have been a lot better. We were sat there at half-time wondering how many opportunities we had missed in their half to put more pressure on them."
Leicester coach Paul Burke admitted the losing Premiership champions had it all to do from 21-3 adrift, but their second-half fightback at least ensured they left the west country with a losing bonus point.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb at 21-3 down, but we addressed a few things and I am really proud of the second-half performance," Burke said.
"We created a lot of opportunities, got to the outside channels and exposed Bath. We came here to play and to score tries, and we scored three against their two.
"When it got to 24-20, we had the momentum in the game. Bath were kicking away a lot of ball, and I thought we rattled them."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Northampton vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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