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Sir Ian McGeechan wants to see Bath being more clinical

Bath and Leicester get to grips with each other
Tempers boiled over as Bath struggled to contain Leicester on Saturday

Director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan says an honest appraisal of their shortcomings will help Bath turn their season around after recent losses.

Bath forced themselves into play-off contention with five straight wins but have conceded 71 points in two defeats.

McGeechan told BBC Somerset: "We've got to put our hands up, work and accept that and then we can move on and get a real team performance.

"The talent's there. We've got to be more clinical."

Leicester gave the hosts a lesson in clinical rugby at the Rec on Saturday where Bath conceded five tries and fell to a record home defeat.

The 37-6 reverse came on the back of a 34-22 defeat at West country rivals Gloucester and has seen Bath fall to seventh in the table, although they have two games in hands against the majority of their rivals for the play-off places.

McGeechan added: "We've been careless in our last two games. If we'd hung on to the ball we've caught it could have been a very different scoreline.

"We played so much good rugby and should have had three or four tries ourselves, but execution was poor, we dropped the ball and if you give a side as good as Leicester time to recover they make you pay.

"Most of their tries were turnover, run 50 metres and score and that wasn't good enough from our point of view."

I saw a cheap shot to one of my players and over-reacted a bit

Bath full-back Nick Abendanon

The match also featured a few flashpoints, including a 31-man brawl on 68 minutes that featured recently replaced full-back Nick Abendanon.

"I saw a cheap shot to one of my players and over-reacted a bit. I probably wasn't wholly with it," said Abendanon.

"I apologised to the referee (Dave Pearson) and touch judges after the game and it was out of character.

"If he decides to file a complaint then I've apologised to him and I regret entering the field of play after I'd been substituted."

Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill was critical of Abendanon's intrusion on the field although added that he would not be pursuing the issue himself.

He said: "I want to make sure my players are being looked after and that people aren't running on from blindside positions off the bench.

"I was slightly concerned there were players on the bench running onto the field.

"You don't want their bench arriving on the field and our bench arriving on the field and things getting out of hand. The authorities will deal with it as they see fit."



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