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Brad Davis

Brad Davis

Brad Davis

Bath will target a fifth successive Aviva Premiership victory on Saturday with the intent of continuing to make their title play-off presence felt.

They are just two points adrift of the play-off zone heading into a Sandy Park appointment with Premiership newcomers Exeter, having reeled off wins against London Irish, Leeds Carnegie, Sale Sharks and Northampton.

"We are in a situation now where every match is really huge because teams are taking points off each other all the time," said Bath's skills and defence coach Brad Davis. "With two great performances against Sale and Northampton, we've put ourselves in the mix again. That's where we want to be - within striking distance of the top four teams."

He added: "We are in a good place at the moment, and we have to make sure that when we do have these moments in the season we keep them going."

Northampton, the league season's early pacesetters, must strive to avoid a five-year Premiership low for the club when they host Gloucester.

Saints, thumped 38-8 by Bath last weekend, have not lost five Premiership games in a row since the 2005-06 campaign. Gloucester, though, will arrive at Franklin's Gardens following seven successive wins in all competitions.

"The last couple of weeks really have been disappointing," said Northampton rugby director Jim Mallinder, whose squad resources are again tested due to this weekend's RBS 6 Nations programme.

"We played all right in patches against Saracens (two weeks ago), but we were never really in the game at Bath.

"The Gloucester game is going to be a really important one."

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