Gold wants more bite from Bath despite success against Sharks
Head coach Gary Gold urged Bath Rugby to be more clinical after they got back to winning ways with a 31-10 victory over Sale Sharks at The Rec.
Fly-half Olly Barkley kicked 16 points on his final appearance for the club before departing for Racing Metro 92 and, alongside Davey Wilson's touchdown, helped put Bath 19-3 up after 50 minutes.
The Aviva Premiership's bottom side soon rallied in search of their first win of the campaign but a 20-minute spell of dominance was only rewarded with a converted try for Johnny Leota before the home side regained control late on.
And although pleased to pick up a third win of the season, Gold knows his side remain a long way from the finished article.
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"We're satisfied with the defensive performance but at 19-3 we need to learn to kill off teams because they came back into it at 19-10," said Gold. "You need to go for the jugular and put teams to bed.
"We can still work really hard on our attack as we have a very exciting back three and we need to bring them into the game more often. We do that by setting a platform and getting on the front foot.
"We want to play the game in the right areas of the field, that's what the best teams are doing. We are here to score tries and that's what is paramount first and foremost."
Although the victory moved Bath back into the Premiership's top six, Gold said focus has already turned to the next game, when a trip to Kingsholm to take on fierce rivals Gloucester awaits on Saturday.
"The Premiership is probably the toughest domestic competition in the world," said Gold. "There are no easy games and part of what we are trying to build here is to understand what is required week in, week out.
"We need to understand we can't take one step forward but then two steps back, so the immediate message after the game is focusing on Kingsholm next week."