Bath Rugby’s Will Homer hopes that a good relationship on and off the field will benefit his blossoming partnership with young fly-half Adam Hastings.
The pair started as half-backs at the Rec on Friday night in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with Scotland Under-20 Hastings knocking over a penalty and a conversion as Bath lost by a single point to Leicester Tigers.
Like Hastings, Homer also has international age group experience under his belt – having represented England – and after playing at age-group level for Bath before joining the Academy, he is enjoying the opportunity to push for a more regular first XV slot.
“Obviously we put a young side out but with Adam at No.10 I feel confident,” he said. “That makes it easier for me as it’s an opportunity for people to play and fight for that first-team spot.
“He (Hastings) came in a year after me, he was not in the Academy, but we have become really good mates, he’s easy to work alongside.
“It’s good for a No.9 and No.10 to have that good relationship in and out of rugby, if you know people better and can play off that that can dictate how the game goes.
“It’s important to be confident with each other.”
Class experience tonight at the rec, so close and disappointed not to get the win but the atmosphere was unreal! Roll on next week👌🏻
— Adam Hastings (@adamhastings96) November 4, 2016
Homer and his team-mates have enjoyed a strong to the new season under director of rugby Todd Blackadder with only two defeats, both against Tigers, to date this term.
And the 21-year-old scrum-half is desperate to help his side get back to winning ways this weekend when they face an in-form Scarlets side who have won each of their last five Pro12 games.
“It was pretty gutting to lose by a point but it thought we did quite well against a fairly strong Leicester Tigers,” Homer added.
“I think we will go out with a strong side and look to win this one to get the ball rolling but Scarlets are a very good side.
“I think winning is a habit and when you start you can create momentum for the season, we will learn from last week and try to get back to winning ways.
“When you start winning, things feel easier, there’s a better atmosphere and everyone has a smile in training.
“If you start losing that can also become a habit you can start to lose the 50:50s and it builds frustrations. We need to get back to winning ways this week.”
The second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend. For full details of the tournament and tickets for the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 19 March see www.new-heroes.com