It’s not about recriminations or finger pointing for Henry Thomas, Bath’s current slump in Aviva Premiership Rugby is a collective problem and the prop is determined to right those wrongs against Exeter Chiefs this weekend.
While many of his Bath Rugby colleagues are away on England duty this weekend, Thomas has been overlooked by boss Eddie Jones so far and instead will head to the South West to take on the Chiefs.
Bath sit ninth in the Premiership table and with the likes of Worcester Warriors, London Irish and Newcastle Falcons all producing positive results in recent weeks, Bath are starting to look anxiously over their shoulders.
For a club with so many star names, a great history and financial resources at their disposal, Bath’s form and position in the league this season is hugely disappointing.
Last weekend they lost at home to Wasps and have won just one of their last eight encounters in all competitions: 16-14 at Worcester in round 12 of Aviva Premiership Rugby.
Bath have actually tallied more league points away from home than they have at home this season and that’s a reason why Thomas is full of confidence ahead of the visit to Exeter.
“I think there’s more to come, we are not about creeping bonus points right at the end – it’s about winning and winning well,” said Thomas.
“We were happy we got at least something last weekend, there were good periods overall but too many mistakes.
“A few games that could have gone either way have gone the wrong way for us, its confidence and a few things not going to hand. It hurts a lot, but we’ve got to get over this.
“There’s obviously a big gap to where we want to be – the top four – but what’s come and gone is in the past, we have to focus week on week and getting those wins to build confidence.”
With the likes of Anthony Watson, George Ford and Jonathan Joseph all missing on international duty presently, the emphasis is on the Bath pack to take the lead.
Thomas admits he feels a sense of duty to help Bath dominate fixtures up front again in the coming weeks, starting with the tough trip to Exeter.
“A lot of emphasis is put on the pack, especially over the last three of four weeks with the amount of backs we have lost (to the Six Nations), a lot of experienced guys,” he added.
“So as forwards we need to try and control the game and I think we’ve done that quite well over the period, with our mauling and putting us in the right position to attack.
“We lost a couple of early lineouts last week, but we were 100 per cent after that.
“But there’s always a lot of pressure on the forwards to perform – that’s the Bath way.
“We have actually conceded the least tries in the league which is a big plus, but it’s just that we haven’t been scoring enough.”