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James taking nothing for granted

Published 07/05/2015

Bath prop Paul James, left, expects to face a strong challenge from Harlequins on Friday
Bath prop Paul James, left, expects to face a strong challenge from Harlequins on Friday

Wales international Paul James insists that Bath will not get ahead of themselves as they continue their push for possible Aviva Premiership title glory.

Victory over Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday night would guarantee Bath's place in the play-offs, joining reigning champions Northampton.

But prop James knows the west country club cannot take their eye off the ball as the season's business-end continues to unfold.

"Confidence is pretty high at the moment - it has been going well for us," he said.

"But as a group we always want to improve, so we are putting all the work we can in to make sure we are ready for Quins.

"Momentum is key. It has been going nicely, but we understand we have got to be living in the here and now.

"It's about taking each day and each game as it comes, and we are still building as the season goes on.

"They (Quins) are a dangerous team, and it is their last home game of the season, so they will be wanting to go out with a bang.

"They have great attacking threats, so we have to do our homework to be prepared, and then we have to be switched on from the first minute.

"Our boys behind the scrum are class, and if they get space out there they can cause serious damage, so we have been working hard to make sure we can give the backs that space and the ball to do damage with."

Bath are boosted for the trip to south-west London by England prop David Wilson's return to action.

Wilson has recovered from an injury that sidelined him for England's entire RBS 6 Nations campaign this season, and he packs down in the front-row alongside James and hooker Ross Batty.

Elsewhere, Dave Attwood and Dominic Day form the second-row pairing, while rugby league recruit Sam Burgess continues at blindside flanker in a back-row that also sees starts for Francois Louw and Leroy Houston.

Quins' final home game of the campaign is a confirmed sell-out, which guarantees an emotional send-off for wing Ugo Monye and lock George Robson.

Monye is to retire at the end of this term, while Robson is heading for pastures new with French Top 14 club Oyonnax.

Chris Robshaw leads Quins in the absence of regular skipper Joe Marler, while Monye's return to starting duty represents a solitary change following victory over Sale Sharks two weeks ago.

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