Dean Richards believes early second half tries from Horacio Agulla and Leroy Houston was the turning point as his side’s brave fight against Bath Rugby ended with a 24-6 defeat at The Rec.
A stubborn defensive display in the first period held Bath 3-3 at the break with George Ford and Phil Godman exchanging a kick apiece. However, the West Countrymen were sharp out of the blocks from the restart to deny the Falcons precious Aviva Premiership points.
“We conceded too many early tries in the second half which meant we were left chasing the game,” said director of rugby Richards.
“We made a couple of changes up front but we didn’t get the parity in the first phase that we wanted.
“The reason we conceded the first try was that we missed touch from the penalty, which should have been our lineout. It’s the accuracy and the execution, isn’t it? I thought at times we were a little inaccurate,” he added.
Taking the positives from what was a battling performance from Richards’ troops, he said: “I thought we were hugely competitive all day long and they’ll go away thinking they haven’t had an easy game at all.
“The scoreline certainly flatters Bath but they created more chances than we did in the second half. “We probably created more than them in the first half. Overall, they certainly got the better of us.”
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