Ford: It all wasn't about me
George Ford preferred to shy away from the limelight despite kicking his new club Bath to a 27-20 Aviva Premiership success over former club Leicester at the Recreation Ground.
Fly-half Ford, who left Tigers for Bath earlier this summer, kicked 17 points as Bath made it two wins from two but he was quick to sidestep individual praise after delivering an assured display.
"It wasn't about me playing against Leicester, it was about Bath against Leicester," he said.
"I just wanted to come and play, and thankfully I've had four or five games in a row now, including pre-season. I will try to keep my head down, keep working hard in training and see where it takes us.
"It was a tough game. We lost a bit of intensity in the second half and Leicester came back at us.
"We knew Leicester would come back, and we probably didn't grasp hold of the game well enough at the start of the second half.
"One of their biggest strengths is how fit they are, and they were still hammering away in the 78th and 79th minutes."
"I am pleased for George. There was a lot of pressure on him today, so I am pleased he has come through it and we have got the win," Ford's father Mike, the Bath first team coach, said.
"Listen, it's not about George, it is about the team. As a coach, to have plenty of things to work on and still win against Leicester, there are obviously quite a few positives there.
"To beat any Leicester side, a club that has been in nine successive Premiership finals, you never knock that.
"Having said that, the performance could have been a lot better. We were sat there at half-time wondering how many opportunities we had missed in their half to put more pressure on them."
Leicester coach Paul Burke admitted the losing Premiership champions had it all to do from 21-3 adrift, but their second-half fightback at least ensured they left the west country with a losing bonus point.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb at 21-3 down, but we addressed a few things and I am really proud of the second-half performance," Burke said.
"We created a lot of opportunities, got to the outside channels and exposed Bath. We came here to play and to score tries, and we scored three against their two.
"When it got to 24-20, we had the momentum in the game. Bath were kicking away a lot of ball, and I thought we rattled them."