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Tom Homer: Bath Rugby still trying to play our way


Bath Rugby have struggled to hit the heights of last year with ball in hand – so it came of a relief to Tom Homer that they showed signs of getting back to their old ways against London Irish.

Bath’s attacking brand of rugby took them all the way to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final last season, scoring 72 tries in the regular season and beating Leicester Tigers 47-10 in the semis along the way.

But for one reason or another, the scores have dried up this season – only Newcastle Falcons, London Irish and Gloucester Rugby have scored fewer or as many as their tally of 26.

So their bonus-point win over the Exiles was very welcome on the weekend, and though Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph remain on England duty, full-back Homer admits Bath’s back division must keep firing.

“The wins have been few and far between this season we definitely enjoyed the win at the weekend,” he said. “We played a good brand of rugby and entertained our fans, which is important.

“We look to play the Bath way, we have a very positive attitude, playing with ball in hand and attacking the opposition.

“I think it was a bit of shock to other teams how we played last year, but people have now adapted to that and we have to keep on top of it – being able to change with the times.

“It was disappointing for the team to have World Cup players missing, and they bring a certain amount of X-factor. But everyone plays their part, everyone is capable, and we need to improve.”

It’s been a successful season for Homer though as far as game time is concerned, as he has put his injury woes to bed by making 13 Aviva Premiership Rugby appearances   

“It helps a lot to be playing week in week out, I’ve had a pretty bad run of injuries and there’s a lot of stiff competition among the backs three at Bath,” added Homer, who moved from London Irish to the Rec last season.

“But with a couple of boys also being away on international duty now, it’s given me an opportunity to play more rugby. It was good to get that pre-season under my belt and my feet a bit better at the club, and I like to think the way I play fits in at the club.

“But I’ve still got a lot to learn and I want my performances to get better.”

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