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Aviva Premiership: Bath boss Mike Ford looking forward after London Irish win

Last updated: 28th September 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Aviva Premiership: Bath boss Mike Ford looking forward after London Irish win

Mike Ford: Looking ahead for Bath

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Bath head coach Mike Ford is giving his team no time to dwell on a 33-18 bonus-point victory over London Irish at the Recreation Ground.

The west country side may have notched three wins from four but Ford is already looking ahead to a tricky trip to Sale on Friday night, and it looks as if he may be without powerhouse locks Dave Attwood and Dominic Day.

"Dave has a rib problem and Dom's is a lower limb injury," said Ford, who also lost exciting young full-back Anthony Watson with a pulled muscle.

Bath scored all their points before the break and Ford added: "We were very good in the first half. We came out and put last week's defeat at Saracens to bed very early in the game.

"To score five tries in one half is pretty good. The second half was a bit scrappy from us, from the ruck area and from decisions, but we ride with it. We are very pleased with the five-point win.

"It's very hard to keep up that intensity but we've got to learn to play the full 80 minutes. We can look at the second half but we need to get quickly on to the Sale game on Friday night. It's a quick turnaround and we've got a few injuries but we'll assess them and keep the players fresh."

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith made light of losing fly-half Ian Humphreys to a "tight groin" just before kick-off, saying: "We gave him every chance to play but losing Ian was something that we took in our stride. It's not an excuse.

"The second-half display was very pleasing. At half-time we didn't talk about winning - just about fight, character and dignity. And we did play with plenty of fight, pluck and courage in the second half.

"I don't question the commitment or character of our boys but the first 20 minutes of the game were a bit of a nightmare for us. It gave us a bit of a mountain to climb."

Smith was glowing in his praise of Bath fly-half George Ford, however, after he scored the best try of the match and booted four conversions.

He added: "George is tearing up trees. England are very lucky to have him - he's a class act and it's nice to see him blossom."

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