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Guy Mercer: Bath Rugby must end season on a high note


Bath Rugby are more determined than ever to put in some sharp performances in the Aviva Premiership Rugby before the summer break, according to flanker Guy Mercer.

The club stormed to second in the Aviva Premiership Rugby last year with an attractive, attacking brand of rugby before losing 28-16 to Saracens in the final at Twickenham.

But the squad have struggled to reproduce the same form this time around and currently sit ninth in the league standings.

And Mercer wants the squad to pull out all the stops in their final three games to ensure they’re in higher spirits when they get some time off at the end of the season.

“We will do everything in these last few games to leave with a positive frame of mind going into the summer,” he said.

“We have not been able to put our finger on what’s gone wrong; if we had we would have put it right.

“We review everything, whether it’s a win or a loss, in great detail and we just try and get better.

“It’s been hard because it’s not just been one area. We’ve worked each week at whatever area we pull out of our video session.”

One such area that has been raised in the changing room, says Mercer, is Bath’s discipline.

Dominic Day’s yellow card against Sale on Sunday afternoon was the 17th that the team have picked up in the Aviva Premiership Rugby this season, in addition to Anthony Watson’s red against Saracens.

“We have spoken about discipline and at times that’s not been good enough,” Mercer added.

“With the quality of the opponents, yellows can absolutely kill you. Even if you survive the period, you’ve spent so much more energy it’s obviously going to make winning more difficult.

“It’s not one particular penalty or person, but if everyone makes one mistake every few weeks we are going to make things hard for ourselves.

“We are putting things in place – its decisions guys make in the heat of the moment where we are trying to be aggressive in attack and defence.”

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