In total I can honestly say this has been possibly one of the frustrating seasons for Bath rugby
There is a on paper good squad and yet still so many countless performances of poor quality.
Last night saw an important bout against Sale Sharks fighting for 7th place and potentially a European spot. So the expectations for a true dog fight were high!!
Coming up to kick off Twitter was rife with chants of #AllezBath and #ComeOnYouBath. And the first 20mins Bath came out the blocks firing and a strong showing looked on the cards. Then came a big turn, Andrew Sherridan recieved a yellow and a bermused sherridan walked for his early challenge on Nathan Catt in the line out bringing jumper Hopper crashing to the floor. So with an extra man and 3 points up their tales should of been up!! Not so 2 penalties to the good for Sharks took the lead and rode out the storm of being at 14. What followed was unfortunately what us Bath fans have been accustomed to in the 2011/12 campaign, a lackluster performance scattered with errors. You could say that a shakey and inconsistent display from a referee who just didn't seem to have a grasp on the match, and some may say not entirely on bath side. Bath through the game showed strengh in defence but going forward just seemed to have no dynamics and seemed to be very flat. The most unusual feat of this fixture came at half time when rather than go into the changing rooms to meet the coaching staff Hooper conducted the pep talk on the field! To me this was a show of lack of belief in the coaches. Fortunately Bath managed to pull it level at 9-9 and seeming to have it balanced up, but not so, a try awarded by TMO then conversion saw the hopes drift away. Despite a late challenge and a stampeed which was eventually thwarted by a knock on, the final whistle blew!! Final score a saddening 16-9, a good farewell to Edgeley park with one fixture left against Quins on the last day.
The usual blah,blah,blah post match interview followed but to me it just seems there is a lot of unrest and players just arnt happy with the set up and the end of the season just can't come quick enough. I hope next season will see a true regeneration and happiness in the camp.
I was saddened as a Bath fan to see the attack personally on Matt Banahan on Twitter. To blame an idividual for a loss is absurb and in called for, its a team game and there are 23 players in a squad and all play apart in a match. Theese so called Bath fans who feel the right to abuse I would love to see you play a performance of his standard.