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McGeechan proud of players despite looming departure

IAN McGeechan praised his players despite Bath suffering a Heineken Cup home defeat against holders Leinster that has left them facing an early exit from the competition.

A second defeat in three group games means the 1997/98 champions have little chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

The minimum requirement will be victory over Leinster in next Saturday's Aviva Stadium return, but McGeechan (pictured with Joe Schmidt) said: "I am very proud of the players -- their attitude was superb. We defended well, restricting them to penalties.

"We made one or two errors. They got the ball into the right areas quickly and put the pressure on.

"We scored a well-executed try, and that showed the attitude was positive."

Leinster were guilty of wasting some clear opportunities, and that was not lost on Schmidt.

"We want to be more accurate to finish opportunities that we create," Schmidt said.