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Inconsistency is a major problem for Bath

A year of consolidation is in order

Posted Oct 16, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Bath are one of those clubs that a lot of people want to see do well and they have invested in their squad, bringing the likes of England captain Lewis Moody in this season, in a bid to improve on last year’s fourth place finish in the Aviva Premiership.
Yet that’s exactly where they find themselves again after five games of the new season. They have won three and lost two of their opening fixtures and have found points hard to come by with just 96 registered to date. And when you concede nearly as many as you score, it’s going to be difficult to kick on.
They started with a comfortable win at Leeds Carnegie, then beat table toppers London Irish at home before getting hammered by Northampton Saints at Franklin Gardens. They then recovered to ease past sale before surprisingly losing at home to Gloucester earlier this month. They have since lost in the Heineken Cup too with Biarritz winning 11-12 at The Rec.
It is this inconsistency that will eventually cost the club mounting a serious title challenge and with games at Leicester and Harlequins, followed by trips to Saracens and Wasps, it is hard to see where Bath will be in a few weeks time.
There is no doubt they have ability and talent in their ranks but it is winning when they’re playing well that separates champions from the rest and presently, I don’t think Bath have that in them.
They are currently relying too heavily on the boot of Olly Barkley to gain them points with Sam Vesty the only other significant points scorer.
For me, Bath will be best consolidating this year, gelling and a team and then kicking on next season. I think they will make the top six but that will be the best they can hope for.

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