Elliott Stooke insists Bath Rugby will need to put their victory over Leicester Tigers in ‘The Clash’ to the back of their minds for their visit to Worcester Warriors on Saturday.
Bath are level on points with Leicester in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table following their thrilling 27-21 win at Twickenham last weekend, with both sides battling it out for a top-four finish.
Stooke and co sit fifth in the table and head to Worcester knowing that a win would keep the pressure on their rivals with just three rounds remaining.
And although Worcester currently sit second-from-bottom the table, Stooke is wary that any complacency could put a dampener on Bath following their Twickenham heroics.
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“We know what Worcester bring, they are a ginormous side, probably one of the biggest packs in the Aviva Premiership,” said Stooke.
“We have got to work hard for the full 80 [minutes], really move them around on the pitch. It is going to be a tough game but one we really hope to win and progress further up on the Aviva Premiership table.
“Every game for us is a cup final, trying to squeeze as many points out as we can, looking for those bonus points.
“We have not worked this hard all season to fall short at the end so we are giving our all, every game that comes across.
“We have still got a lot to play for; we are still working hard, still working with each other as a team.
“The battle for the top four is getting tense between us and Leicester and we knew what was riding on that, so for us to get the win that was massive and we need to back it up this weekend against Worcester.”
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Against Leicester Stooke played the full 80 minutes, the first time he had done so since February 26 due to a neck injury.
And the 23-year-old lock is hopeful that he will maintain a regular position in the Bath side for the final three matches of the season.
“Getting 80 [minutes] under the belt in some pretty hot weather was a bit of a test but I enjoyed it,” he added.
“We have got a few boys coming back in but hopefully I can keep doing the job me and [Charlie Ewels] are doing in the second row and keep progressing forward.”
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