Bath 45-0 Leicester: Jonathan Joseph revels in record win

Bath director of rugby Mike Ford debriefs his side after their 45-0 win over Leicester
Bath director of rugby Mike Ford said his side were "relentless" against Leicester

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph says the team are on "cloud nine" after Saturday's 45-0 victory over Leicester.

The hosts ran in five tries, and fly-half George Ford kicked 20 points, as the Tigers were dealt their heaviest ever defeat in the Premiership.

"The boys are on cloud nine at the moment," Joseph, who crossed in the first half, told BBC Radio Bristol.

"It's a massive achievement. I don't think I've ever played in a game like that before," added the 23-year-old.

Bath went into the game with two wins from two Premiership games but had shipped 20 points at Sale and 26 against London Welsh.

They were 23 points ahead at half-time on Saturday after tries from Semesa Rokoduguni and Joseph, and continued their demolition of the seven-time champions after the break with Kyle Eastmond, Olly Woodburn and Peter Stringer all going over.

Bath's blistering back-line
Semesa RokoduguniRight wingTry (8 mins)5 points
Jonathan JosephOutside centreTry (17 mins)5 points
Kyle EastmondInside centreTry (46 mins)5 points
Olly WoodburnLeft wingTry (65 mins)5 points
Peter StringerScrum-halfTry (73 mins)5 points
George Ford Fly-half Four conversions, three penalties, one drop goal20 points

"It really is looking brilliant," continued England centre Joseph. "We have a lot of ball players across the park, and to recognise where the space is and get the ball there, we have the best players to do that - I'm delighted to be outside them.

"We've also got some outstanding finishers with Rokoduguni and [Matt] Banahan."

Tigers were hindered by a number of injuries to first-team players, including centres Anthony Allen and Manu Tuilagi who were withdrawn before the game, but boss Richard Cockerill accepted the defeat, saying his side "got exactly what they deserved".

Richard Cockerill
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill could only look on as his side were thrashed by Bath

And his Bath counterpart Mike Ford added after the game: "I know they've got one or two injuries and they've got their own troubles, but we were relentless.

"I don't even know how many tries we scored in the end but I know we left some out there. We definitely left two out there in the first half.

"The kids in the backline definitely enjoyed themselves today."

Ford confirmed flanker Francois Louw would be absent for at least eight weeks after sustaining a neck injury while on international duty with South Africa.