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Tykes boss urges improvement

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Davies, who fielded nine new summer signings, was particularly disappointed with his team's set-play performance, telling the Tykes website that line-outs were a real disappointment.

"Tom Palmer had done a lot of work with Stuart Hooper with regard their line-out but we didn’t put any of it into practise. We were far too slow and ponderous entering the line-out. You can't do that against any line-out let alone one with Steve Borthwick in it."

But Davies remained optimistic about his side's long-term prospects. “This is a new group of players and they are only going to get stronger. We got a bonus point for scoring four tries, it took us 22 games to get that last season so it shows the attacking potential of this side.”

Bath, for their part, collected their biggest points haul away from home in the Zurich Premiership for more than two years and also earned a bonus point.

But new coach John Connolly refused to get carried away, claiming there was still room for improvement.

"We played reasonably well in the first half and showed good shape but we tailed off badly in the second half," he said.

"We did reasonable work at the breakdown but we can improve there. Again, we had them on the rack at the scrums but didn't push on with it."

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