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Batty: Bath Rugby aiming to take Saracens on up front

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Hooker Ross Batty is targeting another strong display from the Bath Rugby pack as they prepare to welcome Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens to The Rec.

Bath are six points behind Saracens, who are at the summit of the table, having made a strong start to the season under new director of rugby Todd Blackadder.

The South West side are yet to be beaten at home in the Aviva Premiership Rugby this season and will be desperate to protect their impressive record on Saturday.

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And Batty isn’t going to let their 21-20 defeat to Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday afternoon rock his side’s confidence.

“We have been doing really well this year, our position shows that, we have put good performances in,” he said.

“It’s always going to be a big battle with Saracens, they have a quality pack, they have great strength in depth it will be a good battle – one we are looking forward to.

“As a hooker, I thought our scrum went really well, Harlequins are a good set piece team they pride themselves on their driving maul, we did well there and got change out of our maul.

“Our tempo in the line out was good, which we have been working on so it came together very nicely.

“It was close and we have to take the positives out of it and really focus on what we could have done better, learn lessons quickly and move on.”

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Australian Ben Tapuai made his first start in a Bath shirt against Harlequins after being released by Super Rugby franchise Western Force.

The centre cannot link up with England internationals Jonathan Joseph and George Ford just yet but Batty was impressed with the centre’s ability to get Bath on the front foot.

“I think he showed what he’s capable of. He put his hand up and showed what we can do,” Batty added.

“It’s nice to have that option. It’s good to see the boys going forward when you come up from scrum and we are on the front foot – it’s a dream for us to save our energy.

“Everybody knows their roles and what’s expected of them; to have George Ford marshalling us, he kicks so well and accurately.

“It’s good when you come up from a scrum or maul and we are going forward it fills you full of life.”

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