Bath must learn from Heineken Cup exit - Brad Davis

Rhys Ruddock scores a second half try for Leinster against Bath
Leinster's Rhys Ruddock second-half try piled more misery on Bath

Coach Brad Davis says Bath must learn from their heavy defeat by Leinster which ended their hopes of progressing in the Heineken Cup.

Saturday's 52-27 loss against the current holders leaves them bottom of Pool Three with two games remaining.

"It's something we can definitely learn from," Davis told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Our dream is over for this season so our aim now is to qualify next year because at a club like Bath anything less is unacceptable."

He added: "The scoreline was a true reflection of the match and we've got to lick our wounds and look at the lessons that could have been learned."

After losing out to Glasgow and twice going down to Pro12 leaders Leinster, Bath's only points in the competition have come from their victory over Montpellier.

And Davis believes his side's domestic commitments in the Premiership have take their toll on the European campaign.

"They [Leinster] are able to rest their key men and are able to target these Heineken Cup games," said Davis.

"Whereas with the Premiership you're in a week in, week out grind and then you've got to lift yourself for these games, you've got to come back to the Premiership which is attritional.

"They would have an advantage in terms of freshness.

"But looking at their game they are able to maintain their accuracy, speed and tempo for not only spells but for the whole 80 minutes. They put you under relentless pressure, and you don't have the chance to slip up."