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Meehan happy to grind out win

Bath boss Steve Meehan hailed a workmanlike performance from his team after they maintained their unbeaten start to the Aviva Premiership campaign against London Irish.

Bath had to dig deep for their 20-13 victory, subduing an Irish side that had number eight George Stowers sent off for a dangerous tackle and centre Elvis Seveali'i sin-binned during an eventful second period.

"To be honest, I felt comfortable the entire game, particularly in the second half when we looked a lot better as a team," said Meehan.

"It was tight, but it was always going to be. Both teams defended pretty well - there were only one or two half-chances that opened up, and your accuracy has to be excellent to take them.

"We took our try well, and our attitude and commitment was great.

"We really had to work hard to win that game, and the attitude out there was fantastic."

Victory though, came at a cost for Bath, as they lost four of their international players through injury.

England trio Matt Banahan (hamstring), Lee Mears (biceps) and prop David Flatman (neck/shoulder) all failed to last the distance, as did summer signing Simon Taylor, who also suffered hamstring trouble.

From Belfast Telegraph