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Everybody Has a Story: Summer Articles Required
It will soon be time for P G Tips to take his annual break from writing COML articles. The site depends on articles to keep it open (note that Wasps were off air for a week), so we are looking for volunteers to deputise for PG during July and the first two weeks of August. Topics can be of the author’s fancy – as long as they are rugby related. Serious or comic, fantastical or contentious (within rules and usual civility), long or short. So- who would like to have a go?
Some months ago we made this submission to the Club for consideration of the developers. The next meeting of the Steering Group is July when more will be revealed of the design before the planning application.
Not at The Party: Premiership Playoffs
Once again Bath find themselves with their nose to the window looking in on the party celebrations. For the third year running Bath miss out on the playoffs and this time were fortunate to make Top Six. Meanwhile the “usual suspects” plus one surprise package will contest the Premiership Crown – the Semi Finals this weekend and the Twickenham Final at the end of May. Who look like winners, who do we want to win and what can Bath learn?
Bath Squad 2018/19 updated 11/05/18
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A CURATE”S EGG: 2018 SEASON REVIEW
Phew! Bath’s season ended with a bang in the sunshine, two late victories securing Champions Cup qualification. Reflecting on the season I am reminded of the famed Punch cartoon, ‘The Curate’s Egg’: Bishop: "I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones"; Curate: "Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!" So, do we see the 2018 season as tasty and satisfying, merely palatable or a complete stinker? Perhaps, like the egg, somewhat of a mess, but not all bad? Let’s see.
Delight or Despair? Bath v London Irish
Bath will be full of hope when they host already relegated London Irish on Saturday. Their six try win at Kingsholm last weekend has restored hope that had been in short supply and vanishing rapidly since Christmas. Now a bonus point victory and some other results going conveniently Bath’s way could see the Blue Black and White sneak a highly fortunate European Champions Cup qualification at the eleventh hour. So will full time on Saturday bring delight or despair?
Desperate Derby: Gloucester v Bath
Bath will face a desperate derby date but without destiny when they play Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday. With top European qualification now the slimmest of possibilities, frustrated fans are looking for a bright end to the season. Some accuse the squad of lacking motivation – this is most unlikely. Bath are however, struggling to translate training ground preparation and good intentions into performance and results on the field. Is an away derby the time to recover their mojo?
PLAYING FOR PRIDE: SARACENS v BATH
Fresh from disappointment in the Twickenham Clash, Bath must return to London to face resurgent Saracens. The Barnet based club were in ruthless form against Saints last weekend, notching nine tries to expunge the bitter taste of their European exit. Six league positions and sixteen points separate the two clubs. The home side are in potent form, the visitors struggling, so what is there for Bath to play for? There are mathematical if slim hopes for a Top six finish and, above all, pride.
CRITICAL CLASH: BATH V LEICESTER
Bath face a critical “Clash” against Leicester Tigers at Twickenham this weekend. The big cats from Welford Road have clawed their way up the table from a disappointing start and are braced for a cataclysmic collision. Bath, beset by injury, seemingly low on confidence and short of attacking invention look like easy prey. Tigers have won their last 4 Premiership matches while Bath have stuttered in two competitions. Will Bath find celebration, crisis or catastrophe?
SECOND TIME LUCKY? ANGLO WELSH FINAL
Bath Rugby will be hoping for “second time lucky” in Friday’s Anglo Welsh Cup Final. The rearranged contest gives them the chance of a longed for piece of silverware and an opportunity to correct the result of last Friday’s frustrating “oh so nearly” defeat by the same opponents. Injuries look likely to restrict Bath’s choice of squad (a view seemingly confirmed by Monday’s United selection), while Exeter will have a chance to refresh theirs. Will it be continuity or fresh legs that triumph?