TOP BAR - Fixtures

Lahiff confident Bath Rugby will come good

Two defeats from their first three games is not the start to the Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign that Bath Rugby were looking for.

But prop Max Lahiff insists there is no panic in the West Country as last year’s runners up look to right their wrongs against London Irish this weekend.

A 38-28 loss at the Rec to Harlequins last time out would have hurt Mike Ford and his troops – ill-discipline saw them give away 16 penalties as Nick Evans racked up a personal haul of 28 points.

And considering they had to fight hard to see of Exeter Chiefs in their season opener before being bullied out of it in the rain at the Ricoh by Wasps and there are certainly some question marks floating around Farleigh House.

Throw in the ongoing conjecture about Sam Burgess’ future and it would be easy to start raising eyebrows but Lahiff is adamant that – despite their suicidal showing against Quins – all is well.

“It’s always going to be tough to a win a game when you give away 16 penalties,” he said. 

“This league is so competitive, it’s hard at the best of times and if your discipline is that awful, you are only making it harder.

“The first ten minutes of the second half were suicidal – I thought we had dominated until then to be honest.

“No-one is freaking out about it, it’s more just about learning from it and righting the wrongs this weekend against Irish.

“We need to have a bit more patience and be a bit less anxious in defence and let it come to us rather than trying too much – that is where the penalties come from.

“It’s been difficult at the start of this season but there have been a number of factors – not least that we have played three very good teams that will all be challenging for the top four.

“And when you look at the season we had last year, getting all the way to the final – teams prepare for us well.

“The two losses we have had were both tight, it could have been a lot better and obviously we were hoping it would be a lot better.

“But it’s a long season and we are only three games in, there is plenty of time for us to get back in.”

While Bath struggled against Quins on Saturday – Lahiff impressed in his first start of the season in the front row.

The former Melbourne Rebel lined up at loosehead and made a couple of big carries for the Blue Black and White, and he admits he is now equally comfortable at tighthead.

“It was awesome fun to be out there from the start, I really enjoyed hitting some bodies, dominating one or two defenders,” he added. 

“That was fun – it is good to feel like I am in some form again and now it is about trying to nail down a starting spot for when the big games in the big competitions come along.

“Starting games is where I want to get to, the coaches have told me that they like my impact coming off the bench.

“I enjoy both loosehead and tighthead, the difference between the two is a good challenge and one that I enjoy.
Tighthead is more about maintain the shape and being the foundation, loosehead is more about disrupting.

“I used to definitely prefer loosehead, tighthead I told people I could play it and then it was just a case of fake it until you make it. I got my backside kicked a few times but now I am confident.” 

To see all of the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership Rugby season fixtures, please click here #AvivaPrem
 

Latest News

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s live on BT Sport with highlights on Channel 5

Channel 5’s landmark coverage of domestic rugby begins in earnest this week, with the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s finally returning…

Saracens name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Tom Whiteley will skipper a youthful Saracens side in this weekend’s Singha 7s tournament at Franklin’s Gardens, after the Men…

Tom Whiteley

Will Homer to captain Bath Rugby at the Singha 7s

Will Homer will captain Bath Rugby at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton. The scrum-half,…

Will Homer

Saints squad announced for Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series 

The Northampton Saints squad has been announced for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series, which is being played in…

Jamie Elliott

Harlequins announce squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Henry Cheeseman will captain the 12-man squad against Gloucester Rugby and London Irish in Pool B of the Singha 7s.…

Henry Cheeseman

Wasps name squad for 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s

Wasps have today named their squad for the 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s, which will be hosted at Franklin’s Gardens…

Dan Robson

London Irish name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

London Irish have named their side for the 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, which will be held at Northampton Saints’…

Rory BRand

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Following the conclusion of the Premiership Rugby Singha 7s series this weekend, Harlequins travel to Herzogenaurach to continue their pre-season…

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Chiefs sign van der Sluys

Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 season with the acquisition of powerful South African lock…

Wilhelm van der Sluys

Sharks Announce Exciting Squad For Singha 7s

Sale Sharks can announce an exciting squad to take part in the Premiership Rugby Singha 7's this weekend at Franklin's…

Paolo Odogwu

Leicester Tigers Singha Premiership Rugby 7s team announcement

Leicester Tigers have named their squad for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s. Tigers take on Newcastle Falcons and Wasps on…

Alex Glashan

Will Kaye set for birthday to remember with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers’ new link-up with Loughborough University will provide youngster Will Kaye with an unforgettable birthday present. The Loughborough student…

Cameron Cowell captains Newcastle Falcons in Singha 7s

England 7s international Cameron Cowell will captain Newcastle Falcons in this week's Singha Premiership Rugby 7s at Northampton's Franklin's Gardens.…

Cameron Cowell

Stelling to lead Warriors at Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens

Max Stelling will lead Warriors in the new-look Singha Premiership Sevens this weekend at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens. Stelling, who…

Max Stelling

Exeter Chiefs name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Ricky Pellow says Exeter Chiefs are relishing the chance to kick-off the new 2017/18 season with a big showing at…

Max Bodilly

Gloucester Rugby confirm squad for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

The 12-man Gloucester Rugby squad for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s action has been named, with an exciting young…

Ollie Thorley will feature for the Cherry & Whites

Worcester Warriors get set for this weekend’s Singha 7s with Gordon Ross in charge

Worcester Warriors are looking to their experienced 7s players to make an impact in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s tournament…

Gordon Ross

Adam Radwan ready to fly for Newcastle Falcons in Singha 7s action

Having lit up last season’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, Newcastle Falcons flyer Adam Radwan is determined to do the same…

Adam Radwan

Singha 7s is a ‘brilliant tournament’ says Harlequins’ Ross Chisholm

Harlequins full-back Ross Chisholm is urging his up-and-coming compatriots to grab their Singha Premiership Rugby 7s opportunity with both hands.…

Ross Chisholm