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Bath who are holding onto fourth position in the Aviva Premiership table at the end of Round 16, leading the Leicester Tigers by just a single point, are tasked with facing the current table toppers London Wasps at the Rec on Saturday. Despite being without a number of first choice players due to 6-Nations international demands, Bath were disappointed to slip to an 11-12 derby defeat at Bristol last weekend. A result that ended a mini-revival in their Premiership fortunes, that had seen them record back to back wins against Harlequins and Northampton Saints.
Both of those wins came at the Rec, where Bath Rugby have lost just once in the tournament since April 2016, when the Exeter Chiefs triumphed by 17-11 on New Year's Eve. Wasps who have a six point lead at the top of the table over the Exeter Chiefs, have lost just once in their last eight Premiership fixtures, a 28-34 reverse at Sale in Round 15. However, they have not enjoyed an away win in any tournament since they beat the Italian side Zebre in the Champions Cup on January 22nd. Having won on their last two visits to the Rec, Wasps will record a third straight victory at the venue for the first time during the professional era, should they claim victory on Saturday.
Posted: 20th February 2016
Bath came into the current campaign with high hopes of success in both domestic and European competition, following their efforts last season, that saw them squeezed out of the Champions Cup at the quarter-final stage by Leinster, and beaten in the Premiership Final by Saracens. However, the season has been nothing short of disastrous for the West Country club. Last weekend, Bath Rugby at least brought an end to a run of six successive defeats in all tournaments, when they squeezed past struggling Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium by 16-14.
On Saturday, London Wasps visit the Rec, looking to extend Bath dreadful run of form in front of their own fans, which has seen them win just once in any tournament since November. A 21-14 win against the Warriors on December 27th. The two clubs have played each other on three occasions already this season, having been drawn in the same Champions Cup pool, with the Coventry based club won the Premiership match at the Ricoh Arena, while both sides won the away tie in the European competition. Wasps have climbed into the top four of the Premiership on the back of a run that has brought them 19 points from their last six fixtures in the Premiership. A run that is unmatched by any of the other sides in the tournament.
Posted: 19th December 2015
Although Bath's run of seven successive victories in all competitions, came to an end last weekend in a bruising encounter at Welford Road against the Leicester Tigers, they still retained second place in the Aviva Premiership table. On Saturday they will welcome another in form club to the Rec, when Wasps, who have risen to fourth in the table are the visitors to the West Country. Bath have suffered just a single defeat at the Rec in their last dozen fixtures at the venue, a narrow 19-21 defeat to Toulouse in the Champions Cup.
Wasps meanwhile have five successive victories in all competitions to their credit, their last defeat being in November, by coincidence also against the Tigers at Welford Road. When the sides met earlier in the season at Adams Park, the then home ground of London Wasps, the home side were the victors by 29-22. Though they owed much to the ill discipline of the visitors who suffered a number of yellow cards, which allowed Wasps to build up a winning lead. If Wasps manage to win on Saturday, it will be their first triumph at the Rec since late November 2010, and would give them their first season's double against Bath Rugby since 2007-08.
Posted: 22nd Feb 2014
It is almost a case of the last chance saloon for London Wasps when they visit the Rec on Saturday to take on third placed Bath in the Aviva Premiership. Last week's home defeat to London Irish, by 23-20, has left them seven points adrift of the fourth and final play-off spot, that is currently held by Harlequins, and a further defeat at the Rec, would almost certainly leave them with too much to do, with seven games of the regular season remaining, to win a play-off place.
Bath in the meantime, who although they have suffered just a single defeat in the Premiership since round five, when they were thumped by Northampton Saints 43-35 just after Christmas, still only hold a four point lead over Harlequins and Leicester Tigers. Victory on Saturday is therefore, vital for the West Country team, if they are to achieve their goal of play-off rugby this season. The last club to win a Premiership game at the Rec, was Saracens on 22 December 2012, since when, Bath have won eleven home games on the trot in the competition. When the two sides met at Adams Park in round eight, Bath Rugby recorded a 25-8 victory, and they will seek to complete their first double over the Wasps since the 2008/09 season.
Posted: 21st April 2012
This week in the Aviva Premiership, Bath Rugby faces off against the London Wasps in Bath. It happens on Saturday, April 21st at 14:15 local time or an hour earlier GMT. Right now Bath Rugby comes in at eighth on the Aviva Premiership table, which is the same spot that they were at last week. Like everyone else, they have played twenty games so far this season. Bath has eight wins, twelve losses and no draws. As for the London Wasps, they are in the second to last spot. They have 20 games played, six wins and fourteen losses and no draws this season.
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