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Meehan ready for tough test

Steve Meehan has predicted "a big collision" when Aviva Premiership heavyweights Bath and Leicester clash at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

The fierce rivals - clubs with 15 league titles between them - might end up playing each other in the title play-offs for a third successive season. Leicester head to the Recreation Ground as Premiership leaders, two points above second-placed Saracens, while Bath could reclaim fourth spot from Northampton if they win.

"We have two clubs who go hammer and tongs at each other, so it's going to be a big collision," said Bath head coach Meehan.

"Bath and Leicester are the only two sides who have made the (Premiership) semi-finals in each of the last three years. The matches in those times have had a lot riding on them, obviously.

"Two of those three semi-finals have been against Leicester at Welford Road, and some of the rugby we have seen in these (and other) games has been absolutely magical.

"It is a funny old season - there is pressure all over the place, and a lot to play for. Clubs are battling to make the top four and the top six to qualify for the Heineken Cup.

"I think there are a lot of twists still to come before the play-offs. If we win this week, perhaps it will mean slightly less pressure next week."


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