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BUBBLE OR QUITS? BENETTON V BATH

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:13:46 +0000

Bath’s European hopes hang by a slender thread as they prepare to play Benetton on Saturday. Last week’s shock defeat by Scarlets has handed Bath the steepest of challenges. Knockout qualification is mathematically possible but will require one of their pool rivals to hammer the other and a number of improbable results in other pools to go their way. Whether they make the knockout rounds or not, the squads response will set the tone for the rest of the season.  



RAGS TO RICHES? BATH V SCARLETS

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:11:45 +0000

The Rag Doll will be up for grabs in Bath’s European Cup encounter with Scarlets on Friday.  The iconic mascot has been the trophy in Bath: Llanelli matches for over a century, but this week Bath will have a bigger prize in mind- a passport to the knock out rounds. Bath lead a close pool, with Scarlets third. Either side can qualify, but defeat would almost certainly end their hopes before the final pool round.  The two clubs scored 13 tries between them last weekend: a great clash is promised -in a pivotal match.



SEVERN BELLS? WORCESTER v BATH

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:41:09 +0000

Neither coach will need to wind their team up much when Worcester host Bath on Friday evening. Both sides have frustrations to work out –for different reasons- and will want to knock seven bells out of each other. Warriors climb off the bottom of the table has stuttered with defeat in 3 of their last 4 matches, while Bath could suffer their 4th premiership defeat in succession. The prospect of celebration bells for Worcester ringing out over the Severn sounds alarm bells for Bath.    



Ring in the New: Bath v Wasps

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 13:15:33 +0000

The euphoria of beating Toulon proved short-lived due to Bath’s humbling defeat at Sale. The players’ and coaches Christmas may well have been somewhat muted as a result. Next the squad must summon up early New Year’s Resolution when they host third placed Wasps on Friday evening. Whatever resolution they choose, fans will hope for instant and robust response to any future setbacks. Hopefully that begins this week – high flying opposition requires a most gutsy response.



CHRISTMAS SALE

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:46:34 +0000

The Christmas Market closed last week but Bath travel north on Saturday in search of a festive bargain.  Two stirring performances against Toulon have sharpened their edge and buoyed their confidence, so they will be hoping for an early Christmas gift. Bath have snapped up several pedigree presents in away matches this season, but Sale are a notoriously tough nut to crack at home. So-what sort of Bath performance can we expect, absolute cracker or total turkey?



Fourth Time Lucky? Bath v Toulon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:55:08 +0000

Bath will be hoping for better luck in their fourth meeting with Toulon in three seasons this weekend. Toulon have prevailed by a single score margin in each of those previous Champions Cup encounters and Bath can argue that they were ill served by fortune in Toulon last week. Despite home advantage and the heroics of that close defeat, they will need more than luck to get their revenge on Saturday evening.



Siege Mentality: Toulon v Bath

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:40:47 +0000

Having delivered too little, too late at Exeter, Bath must now avoid playing too loose against Toulon. With enviable quality strength in depth and a refined counter attack game, Fabien Galthie’s side seem likely to punish any sloppiness as sternly as Chiefs did. Toulon lie a modest 7th in the Top 14, but it would be foolish to write off their cup pedigree. They will expect to snatch the leadership of Pool 5 from Bath and drive for the knockout stage in the New Year rounds    



Challenge of the Chiefs: Exeter v Bath

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:01:10 +0000

Bath face their toughest challenge of the season yet against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday. Chiefs, now leading the table by a clear 5 points have hit form in time for a demanding run of European and Christmas domestic fixtures. Bath, facing a tough December themselves, enjoyed their best 20 minute spell of this campaign against Quins before fading. They will need to play the full 80, at greater tempo and intensity, to get any change from the Chiefs.



Autumn Colours: Bath v Quins

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:00:49 +0000

Multi coloured Quins visit the Rec this week depleted by the chill winds of Autumn Internationals. Their November results have been chequered in the past few seasons, deprived of their key decision makers and most colourful characters. Bath, having already lost twice at home this season and having scraped a pallid victory at strugglers London Irish could also be missing 6 star players. Despite these absences, Saturday’s game promises to be a close encounter. But will it bring colour to the grey weather?  



A Touch of The Blarney? London Irish v Bath

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:30:56 +0000

Both teams may need a touch of the blarney when their Premiership campaigns resume on Sunday. London Irish, in 11th place and two games adrift of the league’s main body will want to talk themselves out of trouble. Bath, with a habit this season of losing to teams they are expected to beat, will be seeking some flair to enhance the grit of their last two victories. This is the Autumn International period and the hosts, less disrupted by call-ups will hope to spring a surprise. Bath must be both bold and wary.



Burning Bright: Bath v Leicester

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:47:59 +0000

Tyger, Tyger burning bright! Leicester Tigers are certainly burning brightly so far this season. After shock defeats to bitter rivals in the opening two games they have recovered to win 8 from the next 10. They are burning not with the incandescence of Cockerill or the slow burn of Mauger, but under O’Connor enjoying the warm glow of success. Friday evening’s visit to the Rec will challenge that warm feeling. Whatever the competition, a Bath: Leicester showdown is one both teams are eager to win.  



All Change: London Irish v Bath

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:39:23 +0000

It will be all change for Bath when they play London Irish at the Madjeski on Saturday. The fixture brings a change of competition, wholesale change in the team sheet and hopefully a change of fortune after the frustration of the Gloucester derby. The Irish lie adrift at the foot of the Premiership table, seemingly already relegation candidates with Worcester. Premiership form is not always a reliable guide for this tournament though and Bath must beware the complacency which has twice undone them already this season.  



Cherry Stones: Bath v Gloucester

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:21:56 +0000

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Man, Poor Man, Ploughboy, Thief. “ The daydream list of possible occupations in AA Milne’s poem “Cherry Stones” seems to mirror Gloucester Rugby’s search for an identity in recent years. The club that twice topped the Premiership Table a decade ago have since struggled to replicate that form and to settle on a distinctive playing style. Their performances have been inconsistent this season so far, so what can we expect from them on Sunday?



United Colours of Rugby: Bath v Benetton

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:57:53 +0000

Fans can expect a touch of colour when Benetton Treviso visit the Rec late on Saturday afternoon.  Bath’s ECC Pool 5 opponents have been owned and sponsored by Benetton since the start of the professional era in1997. Italian clubs have traditionally struggled in this competition, which has been dominated by sides from France, England and Ireland. They are often dismissed as only there to provide a touch of diversity and colour. It would be unwise though to take anything for granted against this proud club    



Warriors on the Warpath?

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:45:23 +0000

Worcester Warriors will be on the warpath when they visit Bath this Saturday. Played five, lost five in the Premiership, with only a single league point they look likely relegation fodder already. To add to their problems the club is short of finance and up for sale and their DOR has just announced he is to leave to be Head Coach of the USA Eagles. Desperate, defiant attack is often the response to multiple woes and that should be the Warriors mind-set this weekend, but what form will that attack take?



Sting in The Tail?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:13:11 +0000

There is bound to be a sting in the tail when Bath visit Wasps on Sunday. Both clubs are on 2 from 2 so far and have disappointed in losing their past two matches after bright starts to their season. The question is, who will be stung? These two sides are also both struggling with injuries to key personnel and the curse of multiple injuries in some focal positions. Neither can boast a 100% home record. So which of these two ambitious clubs will feel the sharp, savage pain at full time on Sunday?



Howay The Lads!

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:27:09 +0000

Howay the lads! That will be the cry from Falcons supporters when they visit the Rec on Saturday. It could also be the sentiment of both sets of coaches. The Geordie exhortation, meaning “Come On!” covers a range from the encouraging to a more exasperated –“Buck Your Ideas Up!”. Both clubs could do with a bit of each on Saturday, having slumped after heartening starts. This fixture should rekindle the fire in both.



To Catch a Saint: Northampton v Bath

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:02:26 +0000

“For all the Saints, who from their labours rest.”  So says the hymn, but there is unlikely to be much rest for either Northampton or Bath this week preparing for Friday’s Premiership encounter. Both clubs had to dig deep for character in last week’s unenviably tough fixtures. The two DORs having seen their teams win bruising battles through such character and heart, have said they wanted even more. The tie is shaping to be a most un-saintly confrontation.    



A Question of Faith: Bath v Saracens

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:23:23 +0000

Bath face a question of faith when they host Saracens on Saturday. The first home game of the season pairs two clubs whose playing style has for the past few seasons represented a clash of faiths. Bath, traditionally fond of a ball in hand style and flowing attack, have often delighted the eye, but for 2 decades been frustrated in the hunt for trophies. 



On The Prowl: Leicester v Bath

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:02:29 +0000

Both teams will be on the prowl when Bath’s season opens against old rivals Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sunday. Tigers having enjoyed three Pre Season victories, including a home and away double over Ospreys, are in roaring form. They are ready to pounce on any beast brave or foolhardy enough to visit their lair. Bath meanwhile are stalking an elusive win at Welford Road and early proof of predatory prowess.   The off-season has been kinder to the hosts than the visitors: they have recruited both international backs and dependable forward workhorses and have suffered little disruption from injury and summer tours. Bath by contrast have been thwarted in some of their signing ambitions, are still to reintegrate many of their internationals and will be missing a number of first choices to injury. The portents therefore suggest a bloody fate for the Blue Black and White at the hands (or teeth) of rampant Tigers. Is that what we should expect?