Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Meehan looks for more despite win

Steve Meehan

Bath head coach Steve Meehan praised his players' attitude following the 32-16 bonus-point victory at Aviva Premiership rivals Leeds - but demanded a big improvement on their performance.

Meehan's men rarely hit the heights expected of them this season but still took their chances in clinical fashion and were certainly too good for their hosts. Full-back Nick Abendanon touched down in the first half before Sam Vesty, Matt Carraro and captain Luke Watson added further scores after the break to secure the maximum five-point haul.

"Yes, we got five points away from home but the performance is something that we need to improve on," he said. "Our set-piece must get better but when your work ethic is high and you're determined to perform, you've still got a chance of winning. From an attitude point of view, we were very happy."

Meehan also paid tribute to Matt Banahan after his impressive performance in the centres alongside Shontayne Hape. The 23-year-old wing switched positions after Olly Barkley withdrew through injury before kick-off.

Banahan's powerful running and silky handling underpinned Bath's victory in Barkley's absence, and left Meehan singing his praises.

Meehan added: "Matt is a big powerful player and I think he's going to develop into an outside centre. He's got great technique and a great offloading game."

Leeds director of rugby Andy Key said: "We felt very strong at half-time and the chat in the changing room was very positive.

"We were disappointed in the first half that we made so many chances but turned the ball over too easily.

"That was really the crux of it and in the second half a different Bath side came out. We knew that would happen because they are past masters at turning games around.

"We knew that we would have to be stronger and we weren't. We cannot go on making those mistakes that we did (in this game)."

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