Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Revitalised front five at heart of Bath Rugby resurgence, says Fearns

Having won five games on the bounce in all competitions, notching 21 tries en route, Bath Rugby fans could be forgiven for thinking the club's backs had been given a new lease of life.

But flanker Carl Fearns insists the side's rapid improvement can be traced back to a revitalised forward pack that is going to drive the West Country outfit back up the Aviva Premiership table.
The 23-year-old back row is likely to be a vital cog in that machine, following a frustrating three-month spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

But restored to full fitness, Fearns was at the heart of a thumping LV=Cup victory over local rivals Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm and the 32-9 win over Worcester Warriors last weekend.

And Fearns believes Bath are on the right track to improve their lowly league position - and maybe pick up some silverware en route this season.

"The squad are full of confidence at the moment and our attack has come on massively in the last four games," said Fearns, who joined Bath from Sale Sharks in 2011.

"We are making big strides forward and got the win against Gloucester away and then Worcester. We are doing a lot of work during training on our organisation and our shape in defence.

"Now we're getting ourselves into positions that maybe at the start of the season we weren't and taking those opportunities.

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