Toby Booth, the first team coach of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby has admitted that his side just wasn’t good enough after they were dumped out of the European Challenge Cup by Stade Francais, rather unceremoniously.
The French outfit that is a part of the Top 14 was head and shoulders above the Aviva Premiership club in the contest and registered a handsome 36-20 margin victory in front of the Bath support at their home at The Rec to book their place in the semi finals of the Amlin Cup.
The first team coach stated that it is a very disappointing result for the club because it was one of the biggest matches of the season for the club and the result didn’t turn out as the club and its supporters would have liked it to. He mentioned that it is fact that Bath Rugby wasn’t good enough on the night. He mentioned that although the players put in a spirited and credible performance, they didn’t have enough left in the tank to make it back into the contest after falling behind so early in the match.
Booth further stated that from a physical point of view, the Bath players were found wanting in certain situations as the French side scored three tries from turnovers. He also stated that the players failed to look after the ball well enough in the first half and that came back to haunt them in the greater context.
The Bath Rugby boss stated that they had known the French side is known to attack and in order to stop them, the defense needed to be on top and the ball needed to be kept, neither of which could be achieved and the result became inevitable on the back of that.