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Chief Challenge: Bath v Exeter
Having succumbed to defeat at leaders Saracens Bath next face close league contenders Exeter Chiefs at the Rec on Friday. Exeter have started the campaign with a bang, picking up 4 try bonus points in 5 games, racking up 24 tries while conceding only a miserly 9 and look set for another impressive season. Bath by contrast looked vulnerable in all games, even when winning well at Quins. Straight from a heavy defeat will they have enough to overcome the challenge of the Chiefs?
East Meets West: Saracens v Bath
East meets West this Saturday when Bath travel to Allianz Park to face Saracens. A few years ago this fixture would have been seen as a clash of cultures: the defence and pragmatism of Saracens versus the all out attack and romanticism of Bath. Those stereotypes have mellowed in the past two seasons. Bath under Blackadder now kick more while Saracens attack from anywhere. One thing though remains the same: the size of the task facing the visitors.
Saints Among Us: Bath v Northampton
The Saints will be among us on Saturday with Northampton Bath’s next visitors at the Rec. In winning at the Stoop last weekend Bath enjoyed some sublime moments but also showed enough defensive frailty to warn against premature pretensions of celestial play. Saints forwards appear stronger than Quins and Bath’ continuity will be disrupted by fresh injuries. So who do we expect to be polishing their halos when the day is done?
Chequered Chance: Harlequins v Bath
Bath have a chance to put their chequered form behind them against Harlequins on Saturday. If disappointment in two successive West Country derbies were not enough, Bath now visit the Stoop where they have won only rarely in recent years, their last victory there by a single point in May 2015. Quins with one win from 2 matches enjoy an unaccustomed 4th place in the table on bonus points from Wasps, while Bath, as yet winless, languish in unwelcome 10th. So who will prevail on Saturday?
Pride and Prejudice: Bath v Gloucester
Gloucester Lions will approach Saturday’s derby match with optimism and pride. This derby generates greater animosity between supporters than with closer rivals Bristol, founded less on the real differences between them than perception and long held prejudice. The newly rebranded Lions enjoyed an impressive opening win last weekend while error strewn Bath succumbed to a fired up Bristol in the other derby. So who will be roaring with pride at full time this weekend?
Into The Bear Pit: Bristol v Bath
Bath face a date in the bear pit when they play Bristol at Ashton Gate on Friday. Their newly promoted Avon rivals renamed in the off season, perhaps in an attempt to form a new identity and leave behind years of recent frustration? For the past decade they have been either a Championship club or bottom of the Premiership. Now, as Bristol Bears they hope to forge again the strength that made them one of England’s leading clubs. So will Bath be meeting Grizzlies or Teddies?
Premiership Rugby Squads 2018/19 updated 30/8/18
A New Beginning? 2018- 19 Season Preview
The new kit is out; the new season is about to begin. There are also new players, new coaching and support staff and a new experience for Todd Blackadder at Bath – a full pre season with most of the squad fit. There have been positive vibes coming from Farleigh House, so can we hope for new beginnings in 2019? Or will it be the “same old, same old”, good at times but not good enough, dazzling occasionally but inconsistent and also - rans in the trophy hunts? Let’s take a look at the drivers for success.