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Meehan targets Stoop success

Bath will be reinforced by England captain Lewis Moody's presence against Harlequins on Sunday - and head coach Steve Meehan believes it is time his team won at the Twickenham Stoop.

Meehan's men have lost on their last five trips to Quins, posting only one league victory there since 2000, and current form indicators do not point to a change in Bath's fortunes either, having suffered three defeats from the last four Aviva Premiership games, going down to Northampton, Gloucester and Leicester.

"We've always been very competitive at the Stoop, but it's time we won at Harlequins," acknowledged Meehan.

"I don't think we have gone there in the past and had anything but a tight match. We've been unlucky a couple of times not to come away with the win.

"We are in a reasonable spot - sixth in the table, a couple of points off the top four - and we've played four of the top five teams.

"We feel pretty good and we know this is a key match for us, a very important match."

Moody returns to action after being sidelined for four weeks due to an eye injury, while Bath also field his England squad colleague Matt Banahan.

But Quins are without their influential Red Rose pair Danny Care and Nick Easter, who are replaced by Karl Dickson and Tom Guest respectively.


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