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Bath on cloud nine after thumping win over Leicester

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Bath centre Jonathan Joseph reveled in his side's 45-0 demolition of Leicester Tigers on Saturday, telling BBC Radio Bristol that the players are "on cloud nine."

The home side dominated the encounter and ran in five tries on their way to inflicting the Tigers heaviest-ever Aviva Premiership defeat.

The victory maintained Bath's 100% start to the new campaign after victories over Sale and London Welsh, and Joseph is delighted with the progess they have made so far.

Delight

"The boys are on cloud nine at the moment," Joseph said.

"I don't think I've ever played in a game like that before and it's a massive achievement.

"It really is looking brilliant. 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."

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Shipping points

In both their victories before the crushing win over Leicester, Bath had struggled to limit their opponents and shipped 26 points against London Welsh and 20 against Sale.

But those issues were far from apparent at the weekend against a Tigers side with an ever-growing injury list.

The visitors were without both Anthony Allen and Manu Tuilagi but boss Richard Cockerill believed they "got what they deserved."

Relentless

Bath coach Mike Ford also mentioned the Tigers' injury list and he said: "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."

Bath travel to a Northampton Saints side who have won two of their opening three matches in their next Aviva Premiership clash on Saturday.

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Rugby Union
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