BACK row Tom Ellis believes the outcome of Bath's pool in last year's competition demonstrates why the club's hopes in this year's Heineken Champions Cup are far from ended.

A 22-20 defeat to Toulouse at the Rec last Saturday - with home full-back Freddie Burns the centre of attention - has put the Rec men on the back foot in terms of quarter-final qualification after just one round of games.

Defending Leinster's clinical 50-point hammering of this Saturday's Pool One hosts, Wasps (3.15pm), also appears to have placed Todd Blackadder's men behind the eight-ball when it comes to European progress this season.

Ellis though, insists everything remains up for grabs in the four-team group, drawing inspiration from Welsh region the Scarlets, who lost their opening two games last season before roaring back to top the section and reach the knockout stages.

"It does make the table look worse and I agree that our loss doesn't look great, but if you look at the Scarlets and what they did last season, there is no way it's over for us,'' the 24 year old flanker said of the opening round of games.

"There is still plenty to play for and the boys are all up for it.''

Burns was the key figure after defeat to the French visitors, missing an easy 74th-minute penalty chance and then blowing a try barely 60 seconds later after crossing the Toulouse line before losing control of the ball under pressure from defender Maxime Medard as the home side slipped to defeat.

However, Ellis insists the reasons for defeat were more complex than his unfortunate teammate's awful day at the office, pinpointing a number of factors, including his own indiscretion.

"I think we just didn't allow ourselves to build up enough pressure on Toulouse,'' said the former England U20 man.

"We allowed them too many easy exits, courtesy of a penalty or a soft edge and of course my own yellow card (in the second half) had a big effect.

"I think they scored 10 points while I was off the field, so I have got to look at myself on that front as well.''

Saturday's hosts will also be smarting after their Dublin pasting but as for Bath's own form, Ellis added: "We've been hot and cold a bit really.

"The good thing is that we have been in every game, but we have just put pressure on ourselves.

"I don't feel like we have been dominated in any game.''

FORMER Bath Rugby forward and Trowbridge RFC head coach Steve Ojomoh has been transferred out of intensive care after suffering from a stroke.

Ojomoh’s wife Lisa confirmed on social media that the ex-England international, who picked up 12 caps between 1994-1998, is now being treated in a neuro ward.

Her post read: “Very happy to report OJ is now off ICU and has been transferred to a neuro ward.

“He has a great neuro/stroke and physio team in play and he is progressing really well. Lisa x.”

The 48-year-old also featured for Moseley, Gloucester, Newport and Italian side Overmach Parma during his playing career before taking up his coaching role at Trowbridge, where he guided the club to National Intermediate Cup glory at Twickenham in 2014.