Bath Rugby have won once in 17 previous trips to Welford Road but Jonathan Joseph is confident they can bounce back from a first defeat in 12 and change that statistic against Leicester Tigers.
Joseph started as Bath’s 11-game winning run in all competitions came to an end in their final game of 2013, last season’s Aviva Premiership runners-up Northampton Saints triumphing with a 43-25 victory.
And it doesn’t get any easier if Bathwant to return straight back to winning ways with a trip to Leicester and Welford Road, where the Tigers have lost just once in their last 13 encounters in all competitions, next up.
Bath have not lost back-to-back Aviva Premiership matches since December 2012 though and centre Joseph insists they won’t let Leicester get to them likeNorthampton did at Franklin’s Gardens last time out.
“We just need to make sure that we always stick to our plan, perhaps against Northampton they knocked us out of our stride a bit and we didn’t play the way that we have been after that,” he said.
“These are the big games that are going to test you and we have had some tough games with Harlequins as well.
“Welford Road is always a really difficult place to go, they have a great record there and you’re always in for a tough day.
“We can be pleased with how we are going this season though and it is another chance for us to test ourselves.”
A 49-10 defeat to Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens aside, Leicester have been in fine form with seven wins in eight in all competitions.
And Tigers No.8 Thomas Waldron wants Leicester to head into the two-weekend break from the Aviva Premiership for Europe with another victory.
“Bath are a quality side and they have got a lot of talent across the park which makes them a dangerous opponent,” he said.
“The way they scrummaged againstNorthampton shows that they are a really physical forward pack and we know that we will have to be ready for that battle.
“The new laws were a bit inconsistent at the start and a bit trial and error but now the lads know what they can and can’t get away with now and it’s working quite well.
“You always want to sign off well and we know we have two crucial Heineken Cup matches just around the corner but we can’t look beyond this weekend.”
(Welford Road, 2pm)
Referee: JP Doyle (72nd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Ashley Rowden & Gareth Copsey. TMO: Geoff Warren.
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