Bath’s first-team coach Brad Davis said he took his hat off to Leinster’s flair in attacking as Bath were taken apart by Heineken Cup Champions Leinster in Dublin.
Bath must now say goodbye to any chance of staying in this year’s competition. The weekend’s 52-27 defeat puts them at the bottom of their group, tied on six points with Montpellier but with an inferior points difference.
"The scoreline reflects the game," said Davis. "Leinster were absolutely outstanding. It was a lesson in how to finish off opportunities. Defensively we were off the pace by some margin and at times made it quite comfortable for Leinster to make yards.
"They are a quality side and they put us to the sword. Their back three had an absolute field day, assisted by some poor decision making from us.
"You don't want to take too much away from what is a fantastic team. We can have a look at their game and try and head in that direction. They are definitely one of the best teams in Europe and we've been on the end of a hiding.
“We did do some good stuff, but you've got to be right on the top of your game if you're going to get anything here, but we were off in areas. Leinster are going to be hard to stop.
"We're proud of the way the guys stuck to their task and scored the three tries but you can't look too much into that because Leinster took their foot off the pedal a little bit and were probably focusing a little bit elsewhere. We will be better for this experience, although it's been harsh."