Bath Rugby go into their final two games of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season with seemingly little to play for.
But nothing could be further from the truth according to prop Nathan Catt who insists the players owe it to each other, the club and their fans to finish a disappointing campaign on a high.
It is a tough run in for the Rec outfit who face Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers in successive weeks.
Mike Ford’s side currently sit ninth in the table, ten points off the top six after a campaign that has seen them lose 12 of their 20 games in the league.
That sort of form is a far cry from the side that stormed to the Aviva Premiership Rugby final last year only to be derailed by Saracens at Twickenham.
And Catt admits he and his teammates must deliver something slightly more uplifting to take into the off-season.
“We are disappointed with how we have done this year so we are certainly not struggling for motivation at the end of the season,” said the 28-year-old.
“I think the boys are hugely frustrated at where we find ourselves so we want to finish the season as well as we can.
“We want to be playing at the top end of the competition.
“We want to put things right, we have a real point to prove. You are playing for your mates, for your club, for your fans.
“So we will be doing everything we can to try to win our last two games.
“We are where we are, not through lack of effort – we have worked as hard as we can.
“It’s hard to say what has gone wrong – it’s not like we had a huge amount of changes from last year, there were no distractions but we never got any momentum.
“Maybe a few things did not go our way, but you have to say that other teams have got better – you only have to look at Europe this year to see that – so maybe we didn’t quite evolve enough.”
A neck operation last year ruled Catt our for much of the season and his recovery has been slow this year as well.
But the prop has started the last four league games for the Blue, Black and White and admits he is hoping to build momentum to take into a new campaign next year where he should be fully fit and firing.
“It’s not been great for me spending that much time injured,” he added.
“But it’s been nice to put a few starts together at the back end of the season, I’m just pleased to be back in the changing room to be honest.
“After two years of injuries I have had both ends of the spectrum, last year being injured as the team were doing so well was frustrating, and then this year you want to be out there and helping the guys.
“The players we have brought in for next season are of proven quality – and there are some young exciting talents as well so it is going to be very competitive.
“Every player needs to make sure they are going everything to get their spot in the side.”
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