Why This Week Could Define The Season for Bath and Leicester

Two of England’s best followed clubs meet this Sunday at the Recreation Ground for what is set to be a defining game for these two giants.

It’s first time that Leicester will have visited Bath’s home for three seasons as they have been Bath’s opponent for the annual ‘home’ game Bath have staged at Twickenham for the past two years.

These are two clubs that have dominated the domestic game in the past and have some seriously good players amongst their squads, they are both struggling to recover their form and class that made them two of England’s most well-known clubs.

Bath’s win over Wasps last weekend was a stark reminder of how good not just Bath but their fly-half (former Leicester Tigers player) Freddie Burns can be. Leicester’s tremendous performance to beat Harlequins another timely reminder of what the East Midlands club is capable of.

This rivalry is always a feisty affair and with both teams on 23 points and dwindling in mid-table and struggling for consistency a well fought win over their closest rivals could reignite the clubs chase for a play-off spot and a shot to win the Premiership when Twickenham stages the final on 1st June next year.

There are some big match ups to watch out for Tom Ellis, Sam Underhill and Francois Louw will take some stopping from Leicester’s trio Mike Fitzgerald, Brendon O’Connor and Sione Kalamafoni. Then there is the intriguing contest on the wing between England speedster Jonny May and the magician Semesa Rokoduguni. Then there is the best chapter in the battle between George Ford and Freddie Burns at ten.

It is sure to be a rip-roaring tussle between two English heavyweights and a chance at turning this so far bitterly disappointing season into a gallant run for the top four and a spot in the play-offs.