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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 October, 2004, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Bath 22-12 Bourgoin
HEINEKEN CUP, POOL TWO
Bath (10) 22
Tries: Stevens, Beattie, Daniel
Cons: Barkley 2
Pens: Humphreys
Bourgoin (9) 12
Pens: Boyet 3
Drop goal: Boyet
Att: 10,050
Bath made a winning return to the Heineken Cup after a two-year absence with an easy victory over Bourgoin.

The French side made a good start and a drop goal and a penalty from Benjamin Boyet gave them an early 6-0 lead.

Prop Matt Stevens got Bath back into the game with a first-half try while Olly Barkley added the conversion to give them a 10-9 interval advantage.

And Bath made the most of the wind in the second half with Andy Beattie and Brendon Daniel adding further tries.

Bath coach John Connolly was pleased how young prop Stevens came through his battle against Bourgoin's experienced Olivier Milloud.

Being tactically aware gets you through these games - the six inches between the ears are most important
Bath coach John Connolly
Connolly said: "Milloud is a serious operator. Matt got penalised twice but it was a good experience for him.

"We all have to go through it. In the front row, you learn by experience."

He added: "It was one of those scrappy days. Being tactically aware gets you through these games. The six inches between the ears are most important."

Bourgoin coach Laurent Seigne was unhappy about the style of officiating in the match.

"The scrummage was not refereed the same way as we are used to in France," he said.

"On Bath's ball we put them under pressure but the scrum-half delayed the put-in. In France if that happens three times he gets a yellow card."

Seigne added: "There was something inevitable about the way Bath began to control the ball in the second half."


Bath: Best, Higgins, Fleck, Tindall, Daniel, Barkley, Walshe, Barnes, Mears, Stevens, Borthwick, Grewcock, Beattie, Scaysbrook, Fea'unati.
Replacements: Hawkins, Bell, Delve, Fidler, Wood, Malone, Crockett.

Bourgoin: A. Forest, Soucaze, Davis, Esterhuizen, Coux, Boyet, M. Forest, Milloud, Cabello, Peyron, Mazel, Pape, Bontinck, Bonnaire, Raschi.
Replacements: Pucciarello, Taumoepeau, Castex, Montagnat, Venditti, Albina, Gengenbacher.

Referee: Rob Dickson (SRFU)


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