Todd Blackadder’s Bath move up to sixth with draw
Bath were in desperate need of a win at home in round 9 of the Premiership, but they had to make do with a draw against Sale Sharks.
The Blue, Black and Whites didn’t have a point on the board until Joe Cokanasiga went over to score with only ten minutes of play remaining. Head coach Todd Blackadder said: “I’m really proud of the boys who have shown a lot of resilience to fight their way back and get the draw, but I keep seeing so many opportunities that we’re not taking.”
Cokanasiga’s try came about after some lovely footwork from replacement Cooper Vuna. “It was the first time we actually took an opportunity with space. Vuna made a really good line break and then he put on the pace, but it’s a great set of skills from him to put Joe in a position for the try, so I’m really pleased that we executed that,” said Blackadder.
Sharks defence was difficult to break all evening and Blackadder’s side failed to find a way through it. “We were playing around the corner and that didn’t help when we were playing so slow. We knew exactly what they would bring, and they did. We just made it hard for ourselves,” said the New Zealander.
The West country side’s only victory out of the last four Premiership rounds, was against Worcester on November 17th. “I think we’re letting our supporters down a little bit in the way that we’re playing and specially I will highlight the first half, we were just didn’t have any urgency. We are letting ourselves down more importantly. We’re not playing the top rugby that we want to play,” said a frustrated Blackadder.
He will be hoping that his side can return to winning ways next weekend against Leinster in the European Champions Cup.