Torn ligament rules Butch out for Bath season

With the conclusion of the Guinness Premiership rapidly approaching, Bath Rugby’s Head Coach Steve Meehan believes that the team should not “set out their stalls” when going for the win against Saracens tomorrow.

“We will of course be chasing the win,” admitted Meehan. “It is worth going for the home draw, but sometimes sides make that error of setting out their stall and saying they are going for a four-try bonus, but because they are so anxious to do that, they end up blowing opportunities.”

Bath Rugby will be coming off the back of an away win last weekend against Newcastle Falcons which saw them fight back from a 14-0 deficit at half-time.


Meehan is convinced that the determination shown by the players to claw back the win will stand them in good stead come 3pm Saturday.

“Some people have labelled us as a side who fade in the second half and now we have shown a few times our ability to come home in the second 40 minutes and do things well.

“I am delighted for the players that they showed so much resolve and spirit that they managed to pull back that deficit. It was terrific.”

Bath will now have to put that spirit back into action, especially now that the club are able to confirm that Butch James has torn his cruciate ligament which puts him out of contention for the rest of the season.

“Butch started 20 Guinness Premiership matches for us this year and seven Heineken Cup rugby matches. He has played more minutes than anyone else for Bath and has done a bloody good job.”

With this in mind, Butch will be raring to get back onto the pitch for his team when he is fighting fit and will be eager to put his shirt back on when that time comes.

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens:

15. Nick Abendanon, 14. Andrew Higgins*, 13. Tom Cheeseman, 12. Shontayne Hape, 11. Matt Banahan, 10. Ryan Davis, 9. Michael Claassens, 1. David Flatman, 2. Lee Mears, 3. Duncan Bell, 4. Justin Harrison, 5. Peter Short, 6. Andy Beattie, 7. Michael Lipman (c), 8. Stuart Hooper

16. Rob Hawkins,17. Paulica Ion, 18. Jonny Faamatuainu, 19. James Scaysbrook, 20. Scott Bemand, 21. Shaun Berne, 22. Michael Stephenson

* Andrew Higgins starts in place of Joe Maddock who has a sore hamstring.

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