Bath Rugby’s Henry Thomas believes his side’s victory in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final over Brive will stand them in good stead as they gear up for The Clash against Leicester Tigers at Twickenham on Saturday.
Leicester and Bath are separated by just three points, lying fourth and fifth respectively in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, and are scrapping for a semi-final spot come May.
The sides will do battle in The Clash in front of more than 50,000 fans at Twickenham, with the winner set to put themselves in the driving seat for the rest of the season.
And prop Thomas insists that as long as Bath remain in the hunt for two trophies this season, it will be their objective to win both.
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“The Clash against Leicester is almost make or break for us because of where we stand in the Aviva Premiership table,” said Thomas.
“A win would be invaluable for us, we have a seven-day turnaround so bodies should be fully recovered.
“Everyone in the squad knows how important the result is at the weekend. It is a big occasion but the players will just be focused on winning the game.
“We are in the hunt for an Aviva Premiership semi-final spot and in the semi-finals of Europe so we still have a chance of winning two trophies which is of course the aim.
“You do not have to finish top of the table in order to win the league at the end of the season, so we are still looking to win it.”
Thomas believes the larger-than-usual crowd will spur his side on in a match with huge ramifications.
And having grown used to the 14,000-strong crowd at The Rec, the 25-year-old wants to produce a performance the travelling supporters can be proud of on Saturday.
“We want to perform well for the big crowd that are going to turn out at Twickenham and especially for the travelling fans,” added Thomas.
“They will play a huge part in the day. We are used to 14,000 down at The Rec so 50,000 will make a huge difference to us.”
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