Sunday, 30 September 2012

Gold wants more bite from Bath despite success against Sharks

Head coach Gary Gold urged Bath Rugby to be more clinical after they got back to winning ways with a 31-10 victory over Sale Sharks at The Rec.

Fly-half Olly Barkley kicked 16 points on his final appearance for the club before departing for Racing Metro 92 and, alongside Davey Wilson's touchdown, helped put Bath 19-3 up after 50 minutes.

The Aviva Premiership's bottom side soon rallied in search of their first win of the campaign but a 20-minute spell of dominance was only rewarded with a converted try for Johnny Leota before the home side regained control late on.

And although pleased to pick up a third win of the season, Gold knows his side remain a long way from the finished article.
"We're satisfied with the defensive performance but at 19-3 we need to learn to kill off teams because they came back into it at 19-10," said Gold. "You need to go for the jugular and put teams to bed.

"We can still work really hard on our attack as we have a very exciting back three and we need to bring them into the game more often. We do that by setting a platform and getting on the front foot.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Bath Rugby give Barkley winning send-off

Bath Rugby gave Olly Barkley a winning send-off as they consigned Sale Sharks to a fifth straight defeat in the Aviva Premiership at the Recreation Ground today, final score 31-10.
The visitors had the first shot at goal, but fly-half Nick Macleod couldn't find his angle and missed the chance to give them an early lead.

Man of the hour Barkley, who was playing his last game in the blue, black and white before departing for Racing Metro 92 on Monday, made no such mistake when he was handed the ball for Bath's first penalty. A loose line-out from Sale saw Bath pounce and spread the ball wide. Kyle Eastmond was heavily involved in the build-up, and whilst he couldn't quite hold on to Stephen Donald's looping pass, the referee took play back for a penalty on the touchline. Barkley sent the ball sailing through the posts, to give Bath the lead on nine minutes.

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Stephen Donald
11. Tom Biggs
10. Olly Barkley
9. Michael Claassens
1. Paul James
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Carl Fearns
7. Ben Skirving
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Nathan Catt
18 Anthony Perenise
19 Dominic Day
20 Will Skuse
21 Mark McMillan
22 Sam Vesty
23 Jack Cuthbert


Thursday, 27 September 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Gary Gold has demanded Bath Rugby use Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Sale Sharks to apologise to their supporters after a below- par showing at London Irish.

Irish picked up their first points of the campaign with a 29-22 success at the Madejski Stadium and Bath face winless opposition again this weekend when bottom side Sale visit The Rec (2.15pm).


Sharks' early-season troubles were compounded by the sacking of forwards coach Steve Scott earlier this week but, after suffering back-to-back defeats themselves, Gold knows Bath must not waste the opportunity to return to winning ways.

"We want to pay back the supporters, who have been great so far this season and deserve to see the team turn the corner," said Gold.

"If we can do that on Saturday and put in the massive performance that is required to right the wrongs from one week to another, then we will progress in the right way.

"Against Irish we should have understood what was required and what an unbelievably tough task it would be against a side who hadn't won a game.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Bath Rugby duo in international action

Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw and wing Horacio Agulla will both be in international action this weekend in the Rugby Championship.

Louw is named in the starting line-up for the Springboks, who have dropped Morne Steyn at fly-half in favour of Johan Goosen. It will be Goosen's first start as he comes into the side to take on Australia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the Springboks were looking forward to Saturday's Test and realised the importance of the match.

"It's great to be back home in South Africa after three tough matches on the road. We were not happy with the results in Mendoza, Perth or Dunedin and we know how big the Test at Loftus Versfeld is on Saturday," said Meyer.

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Fearns looking to give Barkley perfect send off

Losing your last two Aviva Premiership games is reason enough to want to get back to winning ways, but Carl Fearns insists Bath Rugby have all the more reason to stop the rot as they bid to wave goodbye to Olly Barkley in style.

Barkley started this season like a man possessed, not missing a kick in Bath's opening two wins against Worcester Warriors and London Wasps while also landing three penalties in defeat to Northampton Saints.
But the Rec was shaken earlier this month with the announcement that the 30-year-old is set to join French Top 14 side Racing Metro as a 'medical joker', putting an end to a career that has seen Barkley make 161 top-flight appearances for Bath in two spells, a season with Gloucester Rugby sandwiched in the middle.

Flanker Fearns might have only arrived in the West Country last season, but having featured in all four of Bath's Aviva Premiership clashes this term the fly-half's importance to Gary Gold's side has not been lost on him.

And with Sale Sharks' trip to the Rec marking Barkley's final game before his departure to Paris, 23-year-old Fearns is adamant this is just the added incentive they needed to taste victory once again.

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Hipkiss and Claassens citings dismissed

The citings of Bath Rugby's Dan Hipkiss and Michael Claassens for a 'tip tackle' on Jamie Gibson and kicking Matthew Garvey respectively during Saturday's Aviva Premiership Round 4 match against London Irish at the Madejski Stadium were tonight dismissed.

The panel comprised Nick Dark, Mike Curling and the RFU Disciplinary Officer, His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, who said: "On review of the DVD the panel determined that Dan Hipkiss did not drop or drive Jamie Gibson's head and/or upper body in to the ground. Dan Hipkiss tackled Jamie Gibson such that he landed on his back, so that the elements of Law 10.4.J were not made out.

"The panel determined that the contact between Michael Claassens and Matt Garvey was a clumsy collision. Michael Claassens' movements were defensive and he made contact with knee and arms. He did not kick Matt Garvey. In the circumstances, an offence under 10.4.C is not made out."

An invitation I couldn't refuse!

Every now and again you get an invitation that you would be foolish to refuse.

After the Warriors game I wrote a tweet about what I believed to be aimless kicking by Bath. In the tweet I mentioned Gary Gold. What came next I truly didn't expect......a Direct message from the man himself! After a small discussion via direct messaging I had a better view of the tactics deployed in the match. From this original discussion I was invited to join him for a coffee at Farleigh House and have a relaxed chat. I later received a confirming invite from a certain Mr Flatman to meet the two of them. My eldest son was hugely jealous, as an aspiring prop he has huge admiration for Flats and I was off to meet him and Gary Gold. Well who would turn that offer down?

As I pulled up in front of Farleigh house it suddenly dawned on me how lucky and honoured for such an invitation, as walking to reception just scanning across the field and seeing the Squad in training mode in truly stunning surroundings. I waited in reception to be greeted by Flats who then progressed to walk me through to make ME a coffee! A guy I'd watched and supported for his nine years at the Rec making a coffee for me, instantly I realised just how relaxed and friendly the whole set up is at Farleigh.

For a period of time I sat in a room almost chewing the fat with Flats while Gary Gold finished up on the training field. From talking to Flats his passion for the club has continued off the field after his retirement and you can tell his friendship with the squad is still just as strong. Whilst in the conversation I was informed of quite nasty messages delivered to him and others in regarding the way the Barkley situation was handled. From talking to him he made total sense stating 'until all of the facts were in place why do any form of press releases, how would that help'. Olly Barkley made his final decision and shortly after they announced that it was going to happen, Bath don't wish to speculate or add to rumours and believe the fans are entitled to the entire story.

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Bath duo cited

Bath's Michael Claassens and Dan Hipkiss are to appear at an RFU disciplinary hearing after being cited following Saturday's Aviva Premiership round four match at London Irish.

Following a report from the RFU citing officer Shaun Gallagher, Hipkiss has been charged for an alleged 'tip tackle' on Jamie Gibson and Claassens for kicking Matthew Garvey.

The cases will be heard on Tuesday by a panel of His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett (chair), Nick Dark and Mike Curling at the Bristol Filton Holiday Inn (6.30pm).

Sunday, 23 September 2012

RUGBY: Bath can absorb Barkley departure, says Gold

BATH head coach Gary Gold believes Bath have enough firepower in the squad to account for the loss of 30-year-old Barkley when he joins French club Racing Metro after next Saturday's home clash with Sale.

Barkley maintained his fine early-season form by kicking five penalties and converting Kyle Eastmond's try in the 29-22 defeat at London Irish yesterday - his penultimate match for the club before departing for France.

Gold said: "Stephen Donald is a World Cup-winning kicker, Sam Vesty is a kicker, Tom Heathcote is an outstanding talent and Jack Cuthbert can kick.

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MATCH REPORT: London Irish 29 Bath Rugby 22

Kyle Eastmond's try and 17 points from the boot of the departing Olly Barkley were not enough to deny London Irish a first victory of the Aviva Premiership season at the Madejski Stadium.

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Kyle Eastmond

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Ben Williams

11. Tom Biggs

10. Olly Barkley

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt

2. Lee Mears

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Dominic Day

6. Carl Fearns

7. Francois Louw

8. Simon Taylor


Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Paul James

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Dave Attwood

20. Ben Skirving

21. Mark McMillan

22. Stephen Donald

23. Jack Cuthbert

Exiles up next for The boys in Blue, Black and White

The next challenge for Bath Rugby is the 'old boy' exiles- London Irish.

Off the back of last weeks disappointing defeat to Saints how does this fixture fare for the boys in Blue, Black and White?
Yes this bout brings Bath up against Irish at the majeski stadium but the exiles are having potentially a worst season than the 'new boy' exiles London Welsh.
Irish's defence is likened to a sieve, conceding 40+ points a game in their first three games. Any team with this defensive tag line would now be in some major defence training.

Could Bath be meeting Irish at the right or wrong time? That's a tough one.

Bath I'm sure will be out to prove a point after the Saints game. Bath had the potential to beat Northampton but it was not to be and I'm sure the coaching staff have a few wrongs tactically to right this week. Hopefully for Bath the execution of the plans will implemented in the correct fashion. As Irish have leaked so many points to Sarries, Gloucester and Wasps Bath surely now have to bring the wings into action and let Biggs and Eastmond run at them.


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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Barkley speaks...

Bad news!! - Barkley to leave Bath Rugby!


Bath Rugby can confirm that Olly Barkley will leave the Club to join French club Racing Metro.

Barkley will be available for two more games at Bath, before joining the Paris club as a medical joker.

A stalwart of not only the club but the English game, Barkley amassed over 200 appearances for Bath, and won 23 England caps.

Speaking of the decision, Barkley said: "Bath Rugby is in my heart and it always will be. When I no longer play the game, this will be the Club I come to watch. I will be forever a Bath boy but this, for me, was simply the opportunity of a lifetime and one I just couldn't ignore. I will miss the Club always, and I wish all of my mates here the very best. I believe they are a special group with special coaches, and I hope they achieve everything they desire. I'd like to thank the Club for their understanding, and also the Bath supporters who have been amazing to me in my time here."

Head Coach, Gary Gold, added: "Barks is a great bloke and a top player. I could not have been more impressed with both his attitude and his incredibly professional approach since I arrived at the Club. As a senior player, he could not have worked harder or been more welcoming to us as a group of coaches, but every now and then an offer lands on the table that a bloke just can't refuse. We are sorry to see him go, but he goes with our blessing. He will always be welcome here".

Bath Rugby can also confirm they have signed hooker Brett Sharman on a short-term loan as injury cover for Rob Webber.

Source: Bath Rugby

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Skirving: defeat has made us stronger

Bath's winning start to the Aviva Premiership season may have come to an end at the weekend but Ben Skirving insists there are plenty of positives to take from their defeat to Northampton Saints.


Gary Gold's troops had seen off Worcester Warriors and London Wasps prior to their trip to Franklin's Gardens but the 18-14 defeat marked the club's first reverse of the 2012/13 campaign.
But Skirving, a former Saracens No. 8, admits looking at the bigger picture is key if they are to claim the club's first piece of silverware for four years since they lifted the European Challenge Cup in 2008.

A losing bonus point was the reward for Nick Abendanon's try and the reliable boot of Olly Barkley, who kicked three penalties, but 28-year-old Skirving believes the momentum has not been lost.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

All you need to know about BT and Premier Rugby

Dear Aviva Premiership Rugby supporters,

Premiership Rugby would like to reassure you that it will be very easy for you to access live coverage of the Aviva Premiership, and JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby Sevens from next season.

The exciting new deal with BT will make it more convenient than it has ever been to watch teams in action because all live coverage will be available through one broadcast partner - so fans will no longer need to subscribe to two different sports channels to catch all of the Premiership action.

BT want to make it clear that the BT Sports Channel will be available to as many homes as possible in the UK when it launches next year so availability will not be dependent on being a BT customer - fans will be able to subscribe to the new BT channel through a number of platforms, such as satellite, YouView/Freeview and potentially cable as well as BT Vision.

BT is also planning to strike deals with pubs and clubs so fans can expect further announcements in the coming months.

For more information please visit www.premiershiprugby.com or tweet them @premrugby.


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Monday, 17 September 2012

Saints learning curve

I think it is safe to say the Bath against Saints game wasn't exactly the game we'd all hoped it would be.

I could sit here and and dissect the game and give a damming review. After watching the game again you could say there was lot's of bad points but also some positives that are emerging.

The main issue that came from the fixture was the impetuous kicking and inability to spread the ball out wide. It appeared that was plan A but there didn't seem to be a plan B.

There was very few times the ball went along the back line or went past Barkley before being punted down field. The theory of such a plan is to gain territory and put pressure upon the full back and either turn over or force a penalty. Unfortunately for Bath they chose Ben Foden, the current England full back, and opted to kick too deep allowing Saints to clear their line or counter attack.

With Nick Abendanon going over in the first minute after a chip through from Biggs expectations for the win went through the roof. Unfortunately that was the one and only try of the game. Penalties from either side filled the rest if the points in the 14-18 loss at the rec.
There was a few notable flashes from Bath-

- Abendanon had a a strong game. Obviously a try, a few little 'Bendy' runs and a kick from the tightest of angles in the corner to clear the line with good distance.
- The forwards are in my opinion starting to look a strong and solid unit, so much more of an improvement on the previous seasons.
- Defensively stronger than against Wasps, countless tackles being put in and being under that much pressure sadly infringements will occur.

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Bath Rugby 14 Northampton Saints 18

Tom May's drop-goal proved decisive as Northampton Saints' kicking abilities secured a hard-fought victory over Bath Rugby to chalk up a third straight win and to temporarily move to the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Five penalties from Stephen Myler, and May's late effort, sealed a nail-biting 18-14 victory as Saints added to their wins over Gloucester and Exeter - ensuring Jim Mallinder's side continued their 100 per cent record, but did lose Ben Foden to a nasty-looking ankle injury.

Bath, however, lost their 100 percent record and had to make do with a losing bonus point despite the best efforts of the impressive Nick Abendanon and the left boot of Olly Barkley.

The home side came roaring out of the blocks and found themselves 5-0 to the good after less than two minutes as a clever grubber kick from Tom Biggs released full-back Abendanon, who chased through to touch down.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Olly Barkley
9. Michael Claassens
1. Paul James
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dominic Day
6. Simon Taylor
7. Carl Fearns
8. Ben Skirving
Replacements
16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dave Attwood
20. Josh Ovens
21. Mark McMillan
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Jack Cuthbert


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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Francois Louw to start for the Bok

SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM - Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers (captain), Frans Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Morné Steyn, Ruan Penaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Beast Mtawarira.

RESERVES - Tiaan Liebenberg, Dean Greyling, Andries Bekker, Marcell Coetzee, Johan Goosen, Juan de Johngh, Patrick Lambie.

Matt Banahan injury update

Bath centre Matt Banahan has been told the knee injury he picked up in Saturday's win over Wasps is not as bad as first feared.

The England international scored the opening try in the 30-23 victory at the Rec before being forced off after 72 minutes wearing a leg brace.

The Premiership club have confirmed he strained the knee and has bruising to the bone.
It is not yet known how long Banahan will have to spend on the sidelines.

Source: BBC

BT and Premiership Rugby in exclusive live broadcast deal

BT and Premiership Rugby today announced one of the biggest broadcast deals in the history of club rugby, signing a contract worth up to £152 million for a range of exclusive live rights over a four year period.

In a ground-breaking move for the club game in England, BT will have the exclusive live broadcast rights for four years to show Aviva Premiership Rugby and the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Sevens from the 2013-14 season. BT will also have exclusive live broadcast rights to matches played by Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in any future European competitions from 2014-15 for three years.

Live Aviva Premiership matches are currently split between BSkyB and ESPN so the new deal means that from next season, rugby fans will be able to catch all of the excitement of the Aviva Premiership in one place with the bonus of additional live coverage from future European competitions from 2014.

"This is a game-changing agreement and will deliver a service that I know our club supporters will enjoy," said Mark McCafferty, Chief Executive of Premiership Rugby, the umbrella organisation of the Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs.

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Louw relishes unexpected call-up

Springbok openside flanker Francois Louw thought his international career was on hold after taking up a position with English club Bath, but injuries to loose forwards in South Africa resulted in a surprise call-up to make the tour to Australia and New Zealand.

As a result, after a second half cameo in the loss to Australia in Perth, he now finds himself facing another breakdown duel with the New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

"Obviously I was hoping to play for the Boks again and just happy to be called up to join the guys over here," he said.

Louw said he didn't like to pigeon hole himself as an openside flanker only, he preferred to regard himself as an all-round loose forward.

"This is the role I have to play this weekend and obviously it is the role I am going to," he said.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

Home at last and pest free

On a little patch of grass in the middle of Bath a small group of people gathered together to watch a few guys have a bit of a run about for a quiet low key game of rugby.......who am I kidding! Welcome to the Rec for round two of the Aviva premiership Bath's first home game against Wasps.

After a scrappy nip and tuck victory against Worcester last week many were hoping to see a much more open and fluid game this week. A glorious sunny afternoon on a plush green carpet of grass at the rec was certainly geared up for it. Both teams had the wings bundled up with pace and skill the expectations leant theirselves to that hope.

Apart from being the first home fixture of the new term but a celebration of the 250th appearance in Blue, Black and White for one Lee Mears. A huge accolade for any player to represent their club on so many occasions, but as such a well decorated international and lion shows how much of a legend of rugby he is not just in domestic but internationally. Not many hookers can notch up 42 England caps and 4 lions caps and get a try for both. Regardless of the international front he's the pint sized hero to so many fans and children, a player who always plays with 100% passion and commitment, just simply Bath Rugby Legend.

Both sides started to a trepid beginning and a little bit of aerial ping pong. Barkley started of where he finished last week taking the first three pointer. A wait until the 15th minute for anymore points to grace the board when Robinson brought Wasps back to level terms.

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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Aviva Premiership table after Round 2

Eastmond's first try shows Bath have a new gem

Wasps spent all last season finding victory an elusive prize. They do not want a repeat this season, after losing their opening Aviva Premiership fixture in such dramatic fashion against Harlequins and then coming away from Bath yesterday with no more than a losing bonus point, thanks to Nicky Robinson's last-minute penalty goal.

In truth, on a blissful afternoon, they were always chasing the game. All of a sudden the rocket-fuelled start they made against Harlequins at Twickenham fell to earth against one of the meanest defences of 2011-12. Bath will not be readily associated with the word risk for some time but they look like a side building purposefully.

They hope to have Stephen Donald, their 2011 World Cup-winning fly-half, available next weekend and young Tom Heathcote soon after but, in the meantime, Olly Barkley has slotted cheerfully back into the number-10 shirt. If Barkley continues to kick his goals – he is 14 from 14 after two games – they will be hard for anyone to beat but Barkley also manages well the game they seek to play.

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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Gareth Chilcott: Bath will need to step it up against Wasps and show their attacking intent

While I have bemoaned Bath’s inability to grind out the tight games – and was therefore pleased that they won a close one at Worcester last weekend – they are going to have to improve.

That may sound a tad negative – and I appreciate the confidence an opening-day away victory under a new coaching team will give Bath.

But Worcester had chances to win and did not take them, while Bath were reliant on Olly Barkley kicking his goals, and I will reserve a degree of judgment on Bath until I have seen them against Wasps tomorrow.

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Friday, 7 September 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Wasps

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Olly Barkley
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dominic Day
6. Simon Taylor
7. Carl Fearns
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements
16. Ross Batty
17. Paul James
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dave Attwood
20. Josh Ovens
21. Mark McMillan
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Jack Cuthbert


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Thursday, 6 September 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby have been given a boost ahead of the visit of Wasps on Saturday (2.15pm) with the return to fitness of several back-row players eager to fill the void left by Francois Louw.

Gary Gold's side looked stretched for loose forwards following Louw's call up to the South Africa squad for their next two Rugby Championship matches in Australia on Saturday and New Zealand next weekend.


The flanker started last Saturday's tense 24-23 success over Worcester Warriors before joining the Springbok set-up, while academy graduate Will Skuse was Bath's back-row replacement at Sixways.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Anyone for pest control!!

Game one done. Bath took the win of a scrappy nip and tuck fixture against Warriors, and as they say four points are better than none. A win is a win and as I have had pointed out to me running rugby hasn't been overly successful for Bath, which is true I would rather they win ugly rather than lose pretty.

Next step is the rejuvenated Wasps. They struggled to stay in the premiership last season taking to the wire with Falcons on the last day. A few new members of personnel and the returning Haskell saw them play what can only be an epic match against last years champions Quins at Twickenham on Saturday. After losing a 27 point lead to lose 42-40 Wasps will be up to prove they're ready to put last year behind them. The game against Quins controversially came down to two decisions by the new TMO system and seemed to affect their game. Against Bath they will want to right their wrongs.

Similarly Bath had a slightly exuberant Ref who became a little to swift to blow up and not allow the game to flow. Luckily for Bath the Boot of Barkley managed to take more of an advantage of the frequent penalties than Andy Goode could. The first game of any campaign is always a tricky undertaking and to come out victorious will always aid the path through the season.

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Monday, 3 September 2012

Bath Barks back!

All the hype and expectations came to a head as Bath rugby squared up against Worcester Warriors at Sixways for game one of Bath's 'new beginning' campaign.
Bath lined up with a strong pack and a back line with pace to burn, a supporters dream expecting a bounty of tries.

From the onset things didn't seem that this was going to be the dream start we'd all dreamt of. Within four minutes Bath had been pinged twice in which Andy Goode gratefully accepted.
Bath seemed to have to objective to kick and chase as every ball that reached Barkley was rapidly punted down field.

On ten minutes Bath again penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown allowing Goode his third successful kick taking Warriors 9-0 up. With Worcester starting to build a good head of steam up and starting to pass the ball about Banahan was deemed to of deliberately knocked on leading to him going off to the naughty step for a ten minute time out.

Allowing Goode scoop up his fourth kick and taking Warriors to a 12-0 lead after only 15 minutes.

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Congrats to Devoto and Lane who have been selected for England Under 20 EPS


England U20 Elite Player Squad 2012/13

Forwards

Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)*

Jack Clifford (Harlequins)*

Luke Cowan Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)*

Max Crumpton (Saracens)*

Matt Hankin (Saracens)

Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)*

Tom Jubb (Saracens)

Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)**

Nathan Morris (London Wasps)*

Tom Price (Leicester Tigers)*

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)*

David Sisi (London Irish)*

Scott Spurling (Saracens)*

Elliott Stooke (Gloucester Rugby)*

Harry Wells (Leicester Tigers)

Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)**

Backs

Jack Arnott (Exeter Chiefs)

Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby)**

Tom Collins (Northampton Saints)

Alex Day (Northampton Saints)*

Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby)

Nathan Fowles (Sale Sharks)

Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)*

Will Hooley (Northampton Saints)

Ben Howard (Worcester Warriors)

Mark Jennings (Sale Sharks)

Richard Lane (Bath Rugby)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)*

Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints)**

Josh Watkins (Worcester Warriors)**

Anthony Watson (London Irish)*

* Capped by England at Under 20 level last season

** Capped by England at Under 18 level last season

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Booth wants still more from Bath

Bath forwards coach Toby Booth insisted his side have still got a long way to go despite seeing them snatch a dramatic 24-23 win over Worcester on the opening day of the Aviva Premiership season.


Booth is part of a brand new coaching set up at Bath that is headed up by former Springbok assistant Gary Gold and in their first competitive fixture they had Olly Barkley to thank for producing a victory.
The fly-half slotted all eight of his penalties, including one with the last kick of the game, as the visitors came from behind to seal the win at Sixways.

The Warriors led 15-6 at the break but in a topsy-turvy second period Barkley punished the home side's indiscipline time after time.

And Booth admitted that there were many improvements still to be made before his side become the finished article.

"It wasn't the prettiest in any shape or form but we adjusted and bounced back from where we were at half-time," he said.

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Barkley holds his nerve to snatch Bath win

Olly Barkley's flawless kicking display inspired Bath's comeback as they kicked off their Aviva Premiership season with a last-gasp 24-23 win over Worcester at Sixways.


The Bath fly-half slotted over eight penalties, his last coming with the last kick of the game, as the visitors edged a topsy-turvy second half.
Andy Goode's six penalties and an unconverted try from James Percival looked like being enough for the Warriors but Barkley held his nerve as time expired to ensure that Gary Gold's reign got off to a winning start.

Referee Luke Pearce was a hawk at the breakdown throughout, penalising both sides frequently meaning that the goalkickers were key.

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