Nov 7, 2015 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčMadejski Stadium
London Irish
14-45
BathBath Rugby
Steele (26'), Mulchrone (51')
FT
Houston (15'), Devoto (22'), Fa'osiliva (41'), Eastmond (43'), Priestland (69'), Matawalu (79')

Mike Ford: 'Priestland fitting into Bath back line'

Ford: 'Priestland fitting into back line'
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Mike Ford hails the performance of new Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland, but complains that his team needed the "good fortune" of a red card against London Irish.

Bath head coach Mike Ford has suggested that new signing Rhys Priestland has settled into the club's backs division well.

The Welsh stand-off scored a try for the Somerset side as they ran out comfortable 45-14 winners at London Irish on Saturday.

Speaking afterwards, Ford said Priestland performed well, but warned that his team were helped significantly by Brendan McKibbin's red card.

"The way Rhys has fitted in, the way we've got him to go to the line, he's getting there with Kyle (Eastmond) and George (Ford) and you can see what will happen with those three now," he told reporters.

"I thought Rhys was brilliant, he's really settled in well. We couldn't handle their drive, I think the discipline of our defence was poor, and then the turning point (McKibbin's red card) was massive.

"That turnaround is good fortune for us, bad luck for them. I thought in the first off we should have kicked on more, at 17-7 we should have been on more."

Bath are now fifth, two points outside the end-of-season playoff places.

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