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STEVE OJOMOH: Leicester win a real plus point
1:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
WHAT a fantastic result the win against Leicester was for Bath.
It’s the sort of result that will go a long way and it shows that their pre-season preparation has been good and that they have a much stronger squad available than last season.
There’s nothing like testing yourself against the English champions, especially on a special occasion like it being 100 years since the first fixture between the two sides.
Home or away doesn’t really matter in games like these so for Bath to come through and get the result will be a really big positive for them.
I said from the outset of the season that I felt Bath would be one of the ones scrapping for top spot in that ‘second league’ behind the big four of Leicester, Saracens, Northampton and Harlequins – but I hope that they can prove me wrong.
What they must remember now is that nothing happens with just one game and that Sunday’s trip to Saracens is likely to prove an as big, if not bigger, task.
The difference for Bath is that they now look as if they have got a very strong pack with a lot of ‘go-forward’ ability.
That gives them a solid set-piece and allows them to show a bit of ambition out wide.
The good news is that the power doesn’t end there – there is a lot of it on the bench too.
Saracens have been rattling up the points in their opening two games, although with Gloucester losing Nick Wood to a red card after 90 seconds last weekend, it’s difficult to read too much into that result.
But when you are in form, like Bath, these are the guys you want to play. You can’t ask for any more.
Saracens are obviously a very strong side in all departments, as they have proved over the last couple of seasons.
But if Bath can get in there and put them under a bit of pressure, we’ll see how they go.
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