Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Meehan seeks Bath revival

Steve Meehan

Steve Meehan is unfazed by Bath's form as they seek to revive their push for a top four finish in the Aviva Premiership against Wasps on Saturday.

The west country club have not won in the league since defeating Sale in September with a draw against Harlequins their best result in their last four games.

"We've been through darker times than this so I'm not overly concerned with where we're sitting at the moment," Meehan said. "It's all pretty close in the middle of the table. We'll make our way up the ladder, I'm sure of it."

Wasps have been equally inconsistent this season but Meehan insists they are full of danger men.

"Wasps are a very physical side, who will be very competitive in all areas on the park," he said. "Dan Ward-Smith proved himself to be a very effective player when we played against them in the LV= Cup a couple of weeks ago.

"Joe Simpson and Dave Walder are both very creative playmakers, who have forged a very strong partnership. Steve Kefu is a very good ball carrier and he's got some gas as well, so he could potentially be a real handful in the centre."

Gloucester host Saracens in a play-off clash which will strengthen the winners' top four ambitions.

Full-back Olly Morgan and fly-half Nicky Robinson return for Gloucester while scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth and centre Brad Barritt are back for Saracens.

England lock Louis Deacon makes his first appearance of the season for Leicester against Newcastle after overcoming a back injury.

Sale outside centre Mathew Tait makes his first Premiership start of the season against Exeter on Saturday after undergoing knee surgery in the summer. In Sunday's only fixture, the Premiership's bottom club Leeds travel to Harlequins.

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