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Preview: Northampton Saints v Bath

Preview: Northampton Saints v Bath

The history books and the league table point towards a Northampton Saints win over Bath Rugby on Saturday but Christian Day insists they will not be underestimating Mike Ford’s outfit.

Saints currently sit sixth in the table – their chances of an Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final spot having taken a real hit with defeat to Leicester Tigers at home last time out.

But their record against Bath makes for pretty reading – they are unbeaten in their last nine league games between the two sides stretching back to 2011.

Throw in the fact that Saints have not lost two successive home league games at Franklin’s Garden’s in over two seasons and Saints should go in full of confidence.

Runners-up from last year, Bath sit ninth this season but Day is prepared for an epic battle this weekend.

“You look at their resources, their coaching setup, their team that goes out week on week, and they’re a quality outfit,” Day said.

“They finished second last year and to see them where they are is very surprising, but that’s not to say that on their day they can’t turn up and put in a good performance.

“We’re preparing for a good Bath team to come here this weekend.

“With a backline with Jonathan Joseph, George Ford, Semesa Rokoduguni, you’ve got to take them seriously. If you don’t, you’ll lose by 40-odd points like Leicester did last year.”

Bath are well aware of their poor record against Saints but their hosts have only won one of their last five matches in all competitions.

And prop Nathan Catt hopes his side can buck the recent trend and leave Franklin’s Gardens with a great scalp.

“We are going out to win our last two games – Saints have still got the top six to play for,” he said.

“We are very aware that we have not had the best run of results against them in recent times.

“But we know what they are about, they have a good squad and we know what to expect.

“They have got a strong set-piece and dangerous runners behind them so we know we will have to try and take them on all over the pitch.

“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 talked about starting well against Sale last time out so it was pleasing that we came out and did really well, we controlled the game and were well on top.

“In the second half Sale started well and they came back at us but we got the five points against a good Sale side so we cannot be too disappointed.”

(Franklin’s Gardens 3.15pm)
Wayne Barnes (168th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton & Nigel Carrick. TMO: Sean Davey.

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