Bath Rugby director of rugby Stuart Hooper has said his side’s inaccuracy close to the Montpellier try line cost them as they fell to a 19-10 defeat in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday evening. 

The English side dominated the semi-final tie, spending 29% of the second half in Montpellier’s 22 but were unable to convert their possession and territory dominance into points. 

In fact, only three points were scored in the entire second half, with Bath failing to trouble the scoresheet after the 26th minute. 

“I thought we had a great start, but ultimately we were inaccurate after that,” Hooper said after the defeat. 

“We lost a number of set pieces and then didn’t convert when we got close to the line. 

“Our lineout’s something which has functioned really well for us over the last 18 months, so it wasn’t a good day in that regard, but it’s not something which we’ve seen before. 

“Credit to them, it was four visits in the second half and we didn’t come up with any points and that’s telling. 

“The lineout losses and the turnovers at the breakdown through the middle third of the field really hurt us.” 

You can watch exclusive match highlights of Bath Rugby v Montpellier HERE.