Bath Rugby head coach Gary Gold: We knew what Saracens would do, we just couldn't stop them
Bath Rugby head coach Gary Gold pulled no punches after his side rolled over against Saracens in the Aviva Premiership yesterday, claiming they saw it coming but could do nothing about it.
Sarries cruised to an impressive 22-0 win at The Rec, with the outstanding Charlie Hodgson kicking 17 points and making the break which led to Richard Wigglesworth scoring the only try of the match.
And while Gold admitted he knew exactly the tactics Saracens would employ, he conceded Bath were powerless to stop them.
"The question is where didn't we fall short," he admitted. "Saracens were as good in every aspect of their game as we were poor.
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"The lineout didn't function, our kicking game didn't function and there were a couple of defensive lapses.
"The small solace we can take is that we only conceded one try but Sarries are very good at what they do. They are three or four years down the line at playing these sorts of conditions and we certainly need to get a lot better at it. We were poor and it's an embarrassing result.
"I wasn't surprised because we thought they would play a kicking game. They call it suffocate and strangle, and they do it very well. They deserve credit for how well they did it and the accuracy of their kicks was very good.
"They are going to put you under a lot of pressure. It's a bit of a game of chess and we lost substantially."
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