After a few weeks to recharge the batteries from last year’s campaign, preparations for the nine month season ahead start here.
After being undone home and away by Sale Sharks the previous year, Bath started the season strongly with a 20-29 win up in Salford on the opening round.
The stands were rocking on one of the club’s greatest ever days, as Bath dominated fierce rivals Leicester Tigers, putting five tries past them in glorious style. Even the Kit manager got involved!
MOOSE HITS 100
After a disappointing away loss at Franklin’s Gardens, Bath bounced back beating Saracens 21-11 at the Rec, a fitting way to celebrate tighthead prop Davey Wilson’s 100th appearance for the club.
TOP TIER OF EUROPE
Back this season amongst the best of European Rugby, Bath struggled on the road to eventual Pro 12 Champions Glasgow Warriors, before a tense close run defeat by Toulouse a week later at the Rec.
ROTATION AND OPPORTUNITY
Attention turned to the LV= Cup and the opportunity to give players close to selection a chance to put their hands up.
BACK in BUSINESS
With players missing on England duty in the Autumn Internationals, three back to back wins in the Premiership against Newcastle Falcons, London Irish and Harlequins solidified Bath’s position near the top of the table.
Cheekbone now healed and after weeks of learning the ropes at Farleigh, NRL star Sam Burgess added his weight to Bath’s campaign, as the club achieved impressive wins over Quins and Montpellier.
Big wins over Gloucester at Kingsholm, Wasps and Exeter Chiefs was reason enough to celebrate, but the demolition of four-times Heineken Cup winners Toulouse in their own backyward was one of the stand-out moments of the season.
QUARTER FINALS IN SIGHT
Tensions were high and a match-winning defensive effort in the final few minutes ensured Bath Rugby topped their European Rugby Champions Cup pool with a 20-15 win against Glasgow Warriors.
fightback at the stoop
A youthful Bath side fought back against the odds at the Stoop to defeat Harlequins thanks to a last-gasp penalty. Huge performances from Bath academy prospects like Max Clark, Will Homer and Rory Jennings ensured a 21-23 away win.
BUMP IN THE ROAD
With injuries and players away on international duty, the club struggled for continuity and results in tough fixtures against Exeter, Saints and Saracens.
back TO WINNING WAYS
A must-win clash against Sale Sharks under Friday night lights was the perfect way to get the season back on track.
OXFORD TO the toon, VIA DUBLIN
Lessons learned at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin after a desperately close 18-15 two-tries-to-nil defeat to Leinster. Results were much improved on either side with wins against London Welsh, Newcastle Falcons and London Irish.
a first since 2004
Bath confirmed a play-off place after coming out on top in a thrilling see-saw game at Harlequins that saw the lead change hands eight times…
80 point derby
The club warmed up for the Premiership semi-finals with a free-flowing 50-30 victory against Gloucester at the Rec - making it six consecutive wins against their West Country rivals.
TICKET TO TWICKENHAM
Not content with putting five tries past the Tigers in September, Bath Rugby marched into the Premiership Final in stunning style, crossing the try-line seven times in a ruthless and clinical display. The crowd may have enjoyed themselves too…
Pandemonium in the stands and a fitting way for the Bath supporters to thank the players heading off at the end of the season.
big match experience
Bath weren’t able to recover from the first-half dominance of Saracens’, and suffered an agonising 16-28 defeat at Twickenham. Huge credit to the Bath supporters who travelled to Twickenham, dwarfing the opposition support in numbers and noise.
ON THE UP
Regardless of the disappointing end to the season, what a year it’s been for Bath Rugby, with stunning wins home and away, plenty of international recognition, and some fantastic heads-up rugby on show.
It’s been a privilege to cover such a top year...