Bath 26-25 Leicester Tigers, Aviva Premiership, October 1
Davis enthused by Biggs display
October 1, 2011
Leicester fly-half Jeremy Staunton scored 25 points at the Rec and still ended up on the losing side © Getty Images
Bath backs coach Brad Davis was full of praise for winger Tom Biggs for inspiring Bath to a dramatic 26-25 victory over Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Biggs did not get on the scoresheet but his elusive running was a key component in Bath's win, which was achieved thanks to tries from Dave Attwood and Matt Carraro.
"He (Biggs) did have a big game - probably his his best of the season," said Davis. "If he gets the ball in open play, he's a very dangerous runner.
"We had a chat together during the week about how we could get him more involved. If he does get the ball at speed he's a hard man to stop."
Bath had gone into the game on the back of a demoralising 22-6 loss to west country rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm so Davis was thrilled with the way in which they had bounced back against the Tigers.
"The response we got after the Gloucester defeat in training and in this match was outstanding," he said. "Full credit to the guys. They obviously didn't want to go through another week like the one we've just been through.
"The performance and the end result is the direct outcome of all the work we've put in over the last week."
Leicester had started brightly at the Rec, with fly-half Jeremy Staunton notching a try just seven minutes in. The Irishman converted his own score and went on to land six successive penalties.
However, after Bath's replacement fly-half, teenager Tom Heathcoate, had slotted two late penalties to edge the home side into the lead, Staunton's composure off the kicking tee betrayed him when he needed it most, the former Wasps No.10 missing a last-gasp penalty attempt which would have ended Leicester's run of four defeats on the bounce.
Tigers boss Richard Cockerill, though, insisted that he could find no fault with Staunton or indeed the rest of his players. Indeed, given that his squad has been decimated by injuries and international call-ups, he was proud of the performance at the Rec.
"Our attitude was outstanding," Cockerill said. "We had 20 people missing before Scott Hamilton pulled out late on through illness. We'll see who's available for next week.
"We battled hard and did enough to win, I thought. But you can't keep giving the ball away and kicking poorly out of your own half.
"I've got no real criticism for our lads. There are lots of positives but we don't want to be sitting here with just a pat on the back."
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