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Prepare to Pounce: Bath v Newcastle Falcons
Both sides will be preparing to pounce when Bath host Newcastle Falcons on Saturday. For different reasons each club will look for a change in fortune as the Premiership resumes after over a month’s layoff. For Falcons the imperative will be avoiding relegation, while Bath will hope to begin climbing the table towards Champions Cup qualification, or even this season’s playoffs. With eighth hosting twelfth, could this be the weekend Bath turn their season around?
Cherrypicking? Bath v Gloucester PRC. Add Team News Here
Bath have a chance of cherrypicking, hosting Gloucester in the Premiership Rugby Cup at the Rec on Saturday. A derby victory in any competition is always welcome, but Bath’s hopes in the tournament are over and the focus is solely now on the Premiership. Todd Blackadder must therefore decide what team he wishes to field. Earlier this month he spoke of “going strong against Gloucester” to prepare for league challenges, so will Bath put out their strongest squad? And can fans expect a victory?
Coming Up Roses? Toulouse v Bath ECC. PUT TEAM UP HERE
Following their first European win of the season against Wasps, Bath must now face continental pedigree in Toulouse on Sunday. Having sneaked victory in a patchy match, they will want to continue their improving performance in preparation for the resumption of the Premiership challenge next month. For Bath it is another dead rubber, while Toulouse, known locally as “La Ville Rose” –the pink city- can secure a knockout place with a win. So who will be flush with success at the end?
Morale Boost? Bath v Wasps ECC. ADD TEAM NEWS HERE
Both sides will be looking for a boost to morale in Saturday’s European dead rubber between Bath and Wasps. Neither has anything to play for in Europe and both are in real need of a lift to power their domestic seasons. While Bath were conspiring to throw away a 16-point lead last Saturday, Wasps grabbed only their second win in all tournaments since September. Confidence will be on the up in the Wasps camp, while Bath enjoy home advantage so which will end the day in smiles?
Severn Heaven? Worcester v Bath: ADD TEAM NEWS HERE
Bath can rise to 4th if they win at Worcester on Saturday and other results favour them. One of 6 clubs bracketed together separated by a single game’s worth of league points, they seek a third Premiership victory in a row to top the mid table dogfight. Buoyed by wins over Wasps and Leicester, they are bookies’ favourites to triumph. Blackadder has identified the match as “vital” – the result and to keep building performances. So will it be “Severn Heaven” or “oh hell!” on Saturday evening?
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Having grabbed a much -needed win at Wasps, Bath must next tame a tiger at the Rec. Victory would secure top 5 at least for the New Year. It doesn’t get any easier though in this most crazily competitive of Premierships. Tigers have been criticised of late as toothless, their claws too often blunted in defat. Last weekend though in a bonus point win over Quins they restored, if not the roar of their glory days, at least a convincingly frightening growl. They will be a tough beast to tame.
Bearing Gifts? Wasps v Bath
This is the time of year when visitors come bearing gifts. Bath fans will hope that their team are not as generous in defence to Wasps as they were to Leinster last weekend. Or indeed, as on their last trip to the Ricoh, a match there for the taking at half time ending in a thrilling, but flawed draw. Wasps are equally porous, their defensive record this season being slightly worse than Bath’s. Both suffered heavy defeat in Europe last week so can either club snatch a much needed win?
Dubliners: Leinster v Bath
It will be a double dose of Dubliners for Bath and their fans this Saturday. For those of a certain age, “Dubliners” means lively Irish folk songs like “Wild Rover” and “Jug of Punch” and there is bound to be plentiful craic around Temple Bar and O’Connell Street after the match. So following one of Bath’s better performances last week in rattling Leinster and threatening to snatch a win, can the travelling fans hope to have much to sing about or raise a glass to on Saturday evening?
Molly Malone: Bath v Leinster ECC
Bath will be reacquainted with Molly Malone at the Rec on Saturday. No, the Australian former 10 is not being brought back to tutor our fly halves, but we can expect to hear the strains of Dublin’s unofficial anthem ringing around the stadium. Given the muted atmosphere at recent home matches and comparative form of the two sides will the ballad of the fishmonger drown the shouts of C’mon you Bath? Or can Bath bounce back to such form as to inspire the passions of their faithful?
Crisis or Comeback: Bath v Sale
Bath’s tie with Sale offers crisis or comeback, depending on your expectation –and of course the result. Having returned to winning ways and restored some confidence against Worcester, Bath seemed to lose control of both on the Tyne, slumping to defeat in a dull, error strewn match. Sale, by contrast squeezed out a win against fellow strugglers Saints despite wasting several chances. Can Bath find the determination – and the control -to bury their threat and chalk up a much needed win?