The Gallagher Premiership returns this weekend, and it is vital for Bath Rugby to give their all to leave their unimpressive 8th position after just six matches.
Bath Rugby has only won two matches out of the 11 matches they have played this season. They have a couple of key matches coming up and the team will need to be in perfect form as they play.
They will be playing autumn internationals for games against Worcester Warriors at the Rec, and will also be playing the Newcastle Falcons away, before hosting the Sale Sharks on December 2. The team also has to play against the reigning European kings, Leinster, in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Daniel Evans, the head of sport highlights five key areas in the game Bath Rugby must improve to achieve success this season.
- Evaluate their defence: Despite having a solid defence last season, their set-piece resistance has become an easy nut to crack, conceding an average of four tries and 30 points per game.
- Remove their final-quarter anxiety: For over four seasons, Bath has had problems with final quarter mistakes. The best teams tend to have the best mentality and decision-making skills under pressure, being calm enough to get their wins. Instead of cracking under pressure, Bath needs to fix their jitters and be confident in those situations.
- Provide the skillful men with more balls: Joe Cokanasiga and Semesa Rokodugunki are the biggest attacking threats. Even though wingers cannot be easily involved in all games, efforts need to be made to ensure they are in possession of open play.
- Cease kicking it in their half: The number of kicks from hand from Bath has lessened a lot this season. Many opportunities were lost when Bath kicked the ball away in the opposition half. This should only be done as a last choice option or carried out when there is a unique opportunity for a chaser to score.
- Maintain stability in the backs: Due to a combination of injuries and inconsistent form, Bath has barely fielded a regular 9-10-12 combination. They need an established trio to set the pace for their team.