Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Bath 16 Edinburgh 9

After a nail-biting win at the Recreation Ground, Steve Meehan takes his Bath team to Edinburgh for the return match next weekend still with an outside chance of qualifying from Pool Four of the Heineken Cup.

The win hauled Bath level with Edinburgh, four points behind Ulster and State Francais.

Pieter Dixon and Michael Stephenson scored tries for the hosts, who had Chris Paterson's boot to thank for their other points, and it will take at least a repeat performance if Meehan's side are to retain an interest in the European competition.

“It gives us a chance, a sniff,” said the Bath head coach after his side's first win in the competition. “It's great to be travelling to Edinburgh at the end of this week with an opportunity. Conditions being fine, you'd expect another entertaining game.

“We made a terrific start. There was great intent from the guys and we want to see more of that. The win is very important from the squad's point of view especially as we have a number of players unavailable.

“It's terrific to see the effort transferred from the training field to the pitch. But it's very important that it is maintained.”

Although Bath have made a habit of throwing away games in the closing minutes this season, and looked vulnerable again late on here, No 8 Luke Watson said: “The morale has been great since I got here. It's very much about the team, not the individual.”

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