Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Little and large are big-time with Bath

Matt Banahan has hailed his ‘little and large’ midfield partnership with Kyle Eastmond, likening their relationship to the 1988 comedy classic Twins, which starred the equally unlikely duo of Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Like ‘Big Arnie’, Banahan dwarfs his partner by a full 13 inches and nearly six stone, but Bath’s 14th midfield combination of the season seems to be working as Gary Gold’s side continue their post-Christmas surge for a place in the Premiership top six.

Fourteen tries in their last four league matches is evidence of Bath’s progress, with Eastmond and Banahan crucial to that new-found attacking intent.

“It’s been great partnering Kyle,” Banahan, 26, told The Rugby Paper. “It’s one of those partnerships that’s going to be evolving over the season, but with his knowledge of the game improving and his natural talent coming out, it’s going to be good.

“Rugby’s a game for all different shapes and sizes so he runs into spaces while I run into contact. It’s like Twins – and there’s a good bit of banter between us. We’re always at it and we have a lot of fun out there.

“We’re two totally different guys but I keep him on the straight and narrow. He gets a bit angry on the pitch but I keep him calm and get him on to the next task. Hopefully he’ll be right up there soon, challenging for international honours.”

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