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Louw still focused on reaching play-offs

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Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw has urged the club to build on their hardfought win over Worcester Warriors as they look to get their Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign back on track.

The West Country side won for the first time in 2016 last weekend against Worcester 14-16 at Sixways, coming from 14-3 down and snapping a six game losing streak in the process.

Their frustrating season has come as a great surprise to many as they set the league alight last time round before losing out to Saracens in the final.

Springbok Louw believes it is still possible for his side to reach the top four again this year, but the experienced flanker isn’t playing down the task that lies ahead.

“We are in a very weak position at the moment, but there are a lot of games left to get a top four spot and that’s our target,” Louw said.

“We will have to win pretty much all of our remaining games so it’s a huge ask.

“If I knew why it’s different from last year we wouldn’t be sitting where we are. Things haven’t been going our way. We’ve come unstuck in tight games and made a habit of losing games we shouldn’t.

“We’re trying to stick to the same plan as last year, to come together and play the Bath way.

“Everyone knows our brand of rugby, it’s so exciting but it just hasn’t been clicking.”

A number of first teamers are away on international duty during the Six Nations, including the likes of George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson.

However the players who remain at the club pulled together to close the game out against Worcester on Saturday, with scrum-half Jonathan Evans coming up with the winning try in the second half.

The 43-cap Springbok was impressed with the resilience the players showed against Worcester and underlined the importance of the win.

“It was great to get a win under our belt. Obviously our objective is to win every game but unfortunately it hasn’t worked out that way this season,” Louw said.

“The victory against Worcester was exactly we needed, albeit it wasn’t the most attractive or prettiest of wins.

“It’s vital that when our top guys are away on international duty people like Jonathan come in and do a job and he did well to score his try on Saturday.

“You need your fringe and academy players to step up so it’s fantastic when they put their hands up for selection.”
 

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