BATH first-team coach Brad Davis was once again missing from the touchline during the 12-12 Aviva Premiership draw at Exeter, as the mystery surrounding his future intensified.

Speculation continues at the club where the former rugby league player has been after he missed his third game in a row.

Davis, who joined the club in 2006, has been at the centre of speculation that he could leave the club, although head coach Gary Gold has stated he hopes the ustralian will stay at the club.

"As far as we understand things, he is coming back and we have just carried on coaching and leave the upper management to deal with that. As far as we are aware he is coming back and it is just a question of when," said another of Bath's first-team coaches Toby Booth after the draw at Sandy Park.

The draw ended Bath's run of two Premiership defeats, away to Leicester and at home to Saracens but they remain in the bottom half of the table at the turn of the year.

Booth added: "The resilience and bounce back from last week was really important because it is a test of character. It is that character that get you through the dark months and get through to the other side.

"There was a bump in the road last week and we knew this game would be a massive test of character and we have come through that test.

"We kept our resolve and our determination to establish field position. To keep the ball for long periods of time and then capitalise on it was important.

"Everyone talks about how well Exeter attack, and they do, but we out-scored them two tries to nil and that is a good tick in the box for us."