Connolly salutes 'phenomenal' team effort

"The guys were phenomenal. It was an incredibly competitive game," he said. "I thought that we dominated during injury time. I knew whoever lost the game would be gutted. Luckily it was not us."

Asked whether the club's proud history in the competition had a bearing on the game, Connolly was adamant that every team had to create their own. "I am aware of it, but every team has to develop their own history. These guys have now booked their place in a final and it is down to them to create their own little piece of history."

"We got to Twickenham last year in the Zurich Premiership final and now we are there again. There is a lot of determination within the club to do well."

Bath Rugby will now face Leeds Tykes, who defeated London Irish 15-6 at Headingly, in the Powergen Cup final on April 16th.

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