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Post by HERSH on Wed 15 Aug 2012, 1:37 pm

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Re: The Bath Rugby Thread

Post by Scrumpy on Fri 19 Apr 2013, 4:32 pm

So Gold takes the responsibility for Baths failings this season, will he pay the ultimate price for failure?

I have to be honest I don't like how we play the game at the moment and wouldn't miss Gold if he was given the boot.
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Post by Scrumpy on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 9:59 am

7 Players set to leave

Michael Claassens - 162
Jack Cuthbert - 96
Stephen Donald - 33
Mark McMillan - 46
Ben Skirving - 101
Simon Taylor - 65
Sam Vesty - 64
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Post by sirtidychris on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 11:03 am

Bar claassens, these are all surplus to requirements and whilst some have been great servants to the club it think its the right time for them to move on.

Gary Gold hasn't been a messiah and turned everything around over night but he is building a good squad and managed to sign some real talent for next season, he has also installed a team ethos which i think was lacking last year. I think he needs to recognise that the coaching team lacks an attacking backs coach and this alongside a scrum half are the big needs for next season. I wouldn't be happy to see Gold go yet as this isn't football and if we hire someone then we deserve to give them a proper go at building there team. Still as i've said before forcing steve meehan out is the most short sighted thing bath has done in the professional era.

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Re: The Bath Rugby Thread

Post by Scrumpy on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 10:09 pm

I didn't see that result coming Wow Very Happy
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Post by PJHolybloke on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 11:16 pm

Jeez, you can hardly move in here for the Tigers fans offering their congratulations on a hard fought and well-deserved victory.

I can't wait to see how magnanimous Cockerill is going to be in tomorrow's papers when he has to admit that Leicester's tight five got pumped...

It's OK, I pinched myself, Bath were well lucky and got the benefit of some rubbish officiating. OK
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Post by Bathman_in_London on Sun 21 Apr 2013, 9:22 am

To be fair I think Leicester got the benefits of a few calls as well. But seeing as we ended up playing sevens pretty much due to a card happy ref at welford road earlier in the year, clearly these things balance themselves out.

More importantly, our pack put in a huge shift, Wilson and attwood looking to book their seats on the plane to Argentina but all of them plus the subs were great.

A similar performance next week please! Not many sides beat Saracens away but then again not many teams get the full 5 points against Leicester either!

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Post by LondonTiger on Sun 21 Apr 2013, 9:28 am

Just popping in to say well done. We played well I thought, you were better.

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Re: The Bath Rugby Thread

Post by munkian on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 9:52 am

Bloody Bath, you've nabbed Gavlar, would've loved him at Rodney Parade

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Post by twoeightnine on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 11:02 am

Why are we talking to Henson? I understand that its to play as a 12 and they are probably looking for some experience there to help the two young tens, McHeathcote and Ford but Henson.......

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Post by munkian on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 11:14 am

He's kept his head down and is still a very experienced player that improves players around him.
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Post by Guest on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:33 pm

Unsure about Henson signing - he only played 11 times for L Welsh this season and that is not enough to justify his salary. We have gone from being very light in midfield in terms of available players to now have Banahan, Eastmond, Williams and Hipkiss, with Joseph signed from LI to now Henson. Donald and Claasens leaving frees up a large salary allocation but not sure Henson justifies it and he just has too much baggage as the panto villain.

A top end and young SH sould have been the priority rather than an opportunist and in contract signing, such as Henson.

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Post by HongKongCherry on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:34 pm

munkian wrote:He's kept his head down and is still a very experienced player that improves players around him.

As can be seen by London Welsh's player improvement... Wink

In fairness he has kept out of the limelight this season, but he has played in only 9 of a possible 29 games so far and if I were a Bath supporter (or in purgatory as it is more commonly known) I'd definitely want him to be on only a pay as you play contract. Personally I'd far rather have Hudson Tonga'uiha for a back up 12.
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Re: The Bath Rugby Thread

Post by Scrumpy on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:52 pm

Always knew this would happen one day.
Not too sure how I feel about this to be honest on his day he is still a quality player but there is always a 'But' with Henson!

If he wants to get paid per a game or lower his wage demands and really wants to play for the club and the club really want him and can't find anyone else, then I don't have a problem with it.
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Post by tigerleghorn on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:20 pm

Why would ANY club want to sign Henson??

Madness!!

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Post by munkian on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:23 pm

I take it all this nay saying is due to historic off field antics rather than his on field abilty ?
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Post by Scrumpy on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:31 pm

Lets be honest Bath have a long and proud history of keeping players in line!!!! Erm


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Re: The Bath Rugby Thread

Post by gregortree on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:34 pm

Ollie Berkley, his mate Les Vainikolo, Matt Stevens, real party animals.

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Post by Higher_Ground on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:37 pm

Henson has played well when he's been fit this year, and is still an excellent player. We can debate the ins and outs of how he will slot into the backline and the possible permutations/tactics that Bath could employ, along with how we think his contract might be structured, but I think our time would be better spent thinking about how funny it is that Hersh may have to cheer him on at some point. Yes, that's what I'm going to think about.

It's almost too beautiful.

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Post by gregortree on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:39 pm

Higher_Ground wrote:thinking about how funny it is that Hersh may have to cheer him on at some point. Yes, that's what I'm going to think about.

It's almost too beautiful.

I'd love to be there for that ! Laugh

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Post by lostinwales on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:42 pm

I wonder if they have more definite plans for where Eastmond is going to fit in now. Havnt they Bath been running with either Eastmond or Banahan at IC?

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Post by LondonTiger on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:42 pm

munkian wrote:I take it all this nay saying is due to historic off field antics rather than his on field abilty ?

It could be due to his actual performances on the pitch?

After all he was poor at Saracens on the pitch.
Poor on and off the pitch at Toulon.
No idea how he played for the Blues - but was sacked for off field stuff.

Finally at London Welsh. He featured in one match the they won in the AP (against Bath) - however they were losing when he was taken off.

Once upon a time Henson would have been a good signing. Nowadays it is one of hope over realism.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:46 pm

This doesn't strike me as a particularly shrewd signing, not unless his salary demands are comensurate with his recent on-field contribution (9 from 29 and a mixed bag).

He is not the world class 12 he once was (back in 2004 - 2005), and Bath need to be careful they understand fully how he's going to fit into the squad.

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Post by beshocked on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 2:17 pm

LondonTiger to be fair to Gavin what I saw of him for London Welsh when he was fit he didn't look too bad. In his two games vs Saracens he did some good stuff. Still he's a bit of a fop. His dive in particular was a pretty poor showing.

My favourite Gavin moment is when he came on for Saracens in the HC vs Leinster away. The Leinster players smashed him. Even though we lost at least there was something humorous like that to ease some of the pain of a humiliating loss.

Not a big fan of Henson's ever since I heard he refused to play for Saracens A side and only learnt the names of three of the squad.

I wish him well at Bath though.

If Henson stays fit and gets in the right frame of mind then maybe he might be useful to Bath. Big if though. In all likelihood Gavin won't last long.

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Post by Bathman_in_London on Wed 01 May 2013, 9:39 am

So Bath have now signed for next season:

Ford
Young
Roberts
Garvey
Sisi
Watson
Houston
JJ

As well as those such as Stringer, Koster, Roko and the Argie hooker whos name I can't remember which were actually brought in during this season.


I have to say, in general I like the way the direction the signings are taking the club. Generally young and English, with a view to building a side which in a couple of years can be challenging at the top. I've heard that the average salary next season will be down to c.105k, as opposed to 137k, which I hope shows a new emphasis on a strong squad, as opposed to a few overpaid individuals.

On Ford, I presume his dad was having an unoffical chat with him a while ago and so his head had been turned for a while. I assume that the long term plan was to have him and then Heathcote during the international windows. That could quite clearly not work out now, it would be interesting to know if thats why Devoto has been given a run at FB, to get him some game time so he can step in at FH next season when needed.

On Henson, I would be willing to chance him as long as it was on a low base salary. We will have 2 actual centres next season, Williams and JJ. Then we have Eastmond, Banahan, as well as Roko and Agulla which are wingers/centres. This combined with 2 young Fh's means I can see the sense in signing an older controlling 12 to take the pressure off the FH, as well as bringing others into the game.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 01 May 2013, 9:55 am

Some top signings Bathman.

Big question marks over Ford but he certainly has hype and potential to be a good player. Micky Young has looked poor but should be behind Stringer & Roberts.

Garvey your best signing imo, could form a cracking engine room with Attwood.

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Post by Scrumpy on Wed 01 May 2013, 10:31 am

Worst kept secret in rugby, mind you it was a good day to announce it as it slipped under the radar.
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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed 01 May 2013, 11:41 am

Secret? Pretty sure Cockers had already announced it.

I agree with Beshocked, Henson looked pretty good when fit. Sign him up on a small salary with game related bonuses and both sides should be happy. He's always had the skills.

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Post by HongKongCherry on Fri 03 May 2013, 5:30 pm

So are all you boys going to be shouting for Glaws tomorrow?? king
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Post by Bathman_in_London on Sat 04 May 2013, 9:46 am

Hmm suddenly the amlin doesn't seem so bad next season does it?!

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Post by sirtidychris on Sat 04 May 2013, 2:31 pm

Unfortunately HKC the matches are currently on at the same time so whilst i would of course ( Whistle ) be cheering on gloucester I wont have the opportunity.......come on bath !!!!!!!!

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Post by sirtidychris on Sat 11 May 2013, 11:30 pm

Olly barkley signs for Grenoble...what a plank him and Gold are for letting him leave. He was our best player when he went; scoring almost all our points when both Heathcote and Donald were injured. He left bath for money then after a month at Racing Metro he was struggling to make the bench. Now he's playing for a french cannon fodder team on probably less or similar money to what he was on at bath.If he had stayed at bath its very likley we have made the heinkein cup and he would have been an amazing playmaking/kicking 10/12 and a mentor playing for a side really pushing for honours in 2014...instead he's playing for a pants french side and we are thinking about signing gaving flipping henson, who does what olly does but worse these days and with more baggage.

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Post by Bathman_in_London on Mon 13 May 2013, 9:46 am

Its pretty odd to ship him off and then say what we want is an experienced 10/12 to help take the pressure off the young 10's. We lost a fair few games this season where a decent kicker would have won it for us and like you say, may well have made the HC. He may not be as good as he was, but he would still have been a useful man to have at the club.

You do wonder if despite what he said about making up with Ford, he decided that actually he didnt really fancy working with him after all. The only plus for Bath I guess is that he must have been one of our higher earners, so him leaving has allowed the recruitment of the London Irish youngsters.

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Post by Scrumpy on Mon 13 May 2013, 3:25 pm

Crazy situation if you ask me, I think we would have made the HC if Ollie was around.

I'm beginning to really tire of the management, coaches and officials at Bath, when you go and see what Exeter are building it makes me so cross that Bath keep tumbling on and on, made all the worse when the showers of .... up by Cheltenham get HC rugby next year.

We really lack ambition if you ask me, its time we moved on from the Rec and start building a professional rugby club that the Bath faithful truly deserve.
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Post by Scrumpy on Mon 13 May 2013, 4:44 pm

If only he told the players what to do!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/22509114
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Post by Bathman_in_London on Tue 14 May 2013, 9:38 am

Someone must tell them to kick aimlessly and be toothless up front Vic!

I agree though, Exeter with their stadium and youth development are showing us how to do it.

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Post by Scrumpy on Wed 22 May 2013, 4:04 pm

Hipkiss retires.
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Post by HongKongCherry on Wed 22 May 2013, 4:38 pm

Sorry to hear about Hipkiss. He definitely had his moments as a player. He also provided one of the best/funnniest moments of the season last year with his sending off against Chiefs!
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Post by Guest on Wed 22 May 2013, 5:02 pm

That is a great shame as he offered experience compared to the other options; Eastmond, Williams, Banahan & Joseph in midfield. He never got a consistent run free from injury but never had a bad game. That must free up a big chunk of salary cap, I wonder who is being considered.

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Post by Bathman_in_London on Wed 22 May 2013, 5:10 pm

A shame for him, he was an under-rated player throughout his career I think.


I wonder if this leads more credence to the idea of Henson being signed? Hipkiss has been injured since January, so you would presume the coaches may have considered it a possibility this might happen. We also have Roko as a 13/winger remember.

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Post by sirtidychris on Wed 22 May 2013, 10:22 pm

Shame to end a career through injury but i was surprised when we resigned him really. Another Lewis Moody who had smashed his body week in and out for Tigers over a decade and Bath bought a man with a big name but held together with tape. Never really performed for bath but in his hay day he was an abbrasive running centre, with a good step (off one leg only as found out by England) and i'll remember his premiership winning try against sarries.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 23 May 2013, 10:04 am

sirtidychris wrote:Shame to end a career through injury but i was surprised when we resigned him really. Another Lewis Moody who had smashed his body week in and out for Tigers over a decade and Bath bought a man with a big name but held together with tape. Never really performed for bath but in his hay day he was an abbrasive running centre, with a good step (off one leg only as found out by England) and i'll remember his premiership winning try against sarries.

So will I, screamed myself hoarse from the South stand, wondering if he had actually made it to the line at the other end.

At 30, young to have to retire. Real shame that injuries marred his days at the Rec.

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Post by Scrumpy on Thu 23 May 2013, 10:14 am

I want a big name that can play rugby not just a big name that brings a media circus with him.

Surely we can't sign Henson?

Bring back Ollie.
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Post by Scrumpy on Thu 23 May 2013, 10:43 am

Just started a new thread as this one like last season is just so negative.

Let’s move forward.
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Post by TightHEAD on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 1:24 pm

Bath are on fire today
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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:38 pm

Fantastic second half but a possible frantic last minute is taken away by a horrible bad TMO call for a forward pass that is never forward.

Bath's scrum looked woeful until Obano came on but Falatau looked very impressive with his opposite number looking excellent as well. Four tries between the 8's on either side.

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