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Schmidt delighted with performance

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt could not have been happier after his team inflicted a record Heineken Cup defeat on shellshocked Bath to open up a six-point lead in Pool Three at a packed Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The seven-try 52-27 rout was the heaviest defeat suffered by Bath in 69 matches in the competition - their previous worst having been a 31-9 loss at Munster in 2000 - and the first time they had conceded 50 points in a Heineken Cup game.

"We are obviously delighted to get the five points and with the way some of the tries were scored, also some of the running lines, some of the quality in the pass," said Schmidt.

"We've come a long way from drawing at Montpellier but that was probably only our second or third game together."

The West Country side had run the Irishmen close six days previously but this time had no answer to their opponents' pace and precision, especially in the first hour. Leinster could even afford to lose skipper Leo Cullen to the sin-bin in the first half - and still score 14 unanswered points.

Schmidt admitted his team had lacked accuracy in a narrow 18-13 win at Bath last week, saying: "I would have hoped we would have been a little bit more accurate last week.

"Fortunately it was exhibited in fantastic conditions in front of a fantastic crowd tonight. I think that's certainly something that sparks a real enthusiasm among the players."

Bath first-team coach Brad Davis pointed to some defensive errors by his team but conceded: "I thought the scoreline reflected the game.

"Leinster were absolutely outstanding in showing how to finish off opportunities. Defensively we were off the pace by some margin, though, and at times we made it quite comfortable for Leinster to get yardage.

"They are a quality side. All credit goes to the victors. We can take credit from the fact that in the first half we did put pressure on them and with the way the guys kept to their task and scored three tries. We're proud of that but you can't look too much into that because Leinster took their foot off the pedal a bit."


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