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RUGBY: Ford pleased with opening win
11:07pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
BATH coach Mike Ford praised his side's resilience in dismal conditions as they started their Aviva Premiership campaign with a 21-0 victory at promoted Newcastle tonight.
Ford's son George, signed during the summer, kicked three penalties and a conversion, Anthony Perenise crossing the line and a penalty try completing the scoring amid wind and rain in the north east.
For coach Ford, it was a winning return to the club where both he and Bath director of rugby Gary Gold had previously served.
"It's always tough up here and playing in the wind in the first half to go in at 6-0 was a great result for us," he said.
"With them having one chance at goal but not threatening our line at all was good. We just talked about in the second half showing some resolve and some resilience and I think we did all of those things.
"We said we would take 6-3 before the game. It's frustrating because every training session we've had has been in the sun. We haven't been playing a lot of rugby like we saw like that so it's good we had that game management.
"It was freezing for both teams out there but we dominated in the forwards so it's pleasing to get the 21 points and it was pleasing that we didn't concede any."
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