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Saturday, 14 April, 2001, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Bath bury Rotherham
Rotherham were simply outlclassed on the day
Rotherham were simply outlclassed on the day
Rotherham 12-68 Bath

Rotherham bowed out of the Zurich Premiership after a predictably heavy defeat at Clifton Lane on Saturday.

Bath simply overwhelmed and outclassed their opponents, amassing 10 superb tries which included two hat-tricks by winger Rob Thirlby and centre Tom Voyce.

The real winners were the front five who were awesome
  Bath coach Jon Callard
Bath coach Jon Callard, delighted with his side's display, said: "The result showed the quality of our squad.

"I was delighted with all the individuals who came in today. They produced a collective performance that was stunning.

"I was very pleased. We kept the continuity going. We kept the ball and attacked very well, and kept our shape and width.

"The real winners were the efforts of the front five who were awesome in the first 20 minutes when we scored five tries."

The west country club's pack dominated possession and territory to the extent that Rotherham were pinned near their posts for much of the first-half.

Bath led 51-0 at the interval and it is to Rotherham's credit that a massacre failed to materialise.

Minnows hit back

Indeed, Rotherham scored two well worked tries in the second half by forwards Ben Wade and winger Michael Wood.

They were razor sharp and were stretching us and our weaknesses were punished
  Rotherham team manager Jim Kilfoyle
The scores went some way to avoiding the wipeout, but Bath's superior speed and skill still manufactured three second-half touchdowns.

Welsh scrum-half Gareth Cooper, who scored Bath's fourth try on 18 minutes, produced a particularly impressive all-round performance.

After the match, Rotherham team manager Jim Kilfoyle admitted: "Today's game was a match too far for us.

"You've got to admire Bath for their professionalism and sharp finishing.

"They were razor sharp and were stretching us and our weaknesses were punished."

Rotherham: Dawson, Dixon, Umaga, Shepherd, Wood, Wainwright, Harrison, Thorp, Johnson, Bunting, Cook, Kenworthy, Wade, Schmid, Fea'unati.

Replacements: Latham, Towes, Greeff, Earnshaw, Forster, Trivella, Naylor.

Bath: Perry, Thirlby, Berne, Cox, Voyce, Catt, Cooper, Barnes, Long, Mallett, Gabey, Borthwick, Gardiner, N. Thomas, Lyle.

Replacements: Preston, Regan, Emms, De Glanville, Adebayo, Clarke, Lloyd.

Referee: Steve Leyshon (RFU)

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