Bath Rugby have grown into Aviva Premiership Rugby heavyweights in the last few years and Leroy Houston is wary of Sunday’s opponents – ‘giant killers’ Worcester Warriors.
After narrowly missing out on the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four two seasons ago, Mike Ford’s Bath went all the way to the Twickenham final last season.
This season has not started so brightly, however, as they lie ninth in the table after six rounds, just one point better off than Worcester.
With just one win in their last five Aviva Premiership Rugby outings and one victory in their last four clashes at the Rec, things have not clicked for Bath.
The newly-promoted Warriors have already got the better of last year’s table-toppers Northampton Saints this season and back-row Houston has his guard up.
“They are giant killers,” he said. “They always look to be up for teams that have gone well in the previous season.
“We know what they are coming with – they are a very hard-working team and very set-piece dominant.
“We didn’t have too good a run last week with the set piece. Our scrums weren’t up to par and we have been working on that."
Last week saw Bath succumb to Wasps on home soil and the Rec faithful will be expecting a much-improved showing on Sunday.
They welcome a Worcester team who have not been flying in recent weeks either, without a win in their last five in all competitions.
The Warriors have also lost the last five meetings between these sides and suffered defeat on all ten of their visits to the Rec.
However, it is a venue that prop Nick Schonert is excited to visit, after the 24-year-old was recalled to the starting XV.
“It will be a great experience for me,” he said. “I have never played there before and I have heard some really good things about the Rec. I just hope I can represent my team well.
“This will be the first time getting to know them. I haven’t really watched them much, but I saw them play against Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints and I think they are a really good team with really good structure.”
(Recreation Ground, 2.30pm)
Referee: Tom Foley (10th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix & Craig Maxwell-Keys. TMO: Stuart Terheege.